About The Artist
French sculptor and engraver François-Xavier Lalanne, is most noted for his surrealist, inventive sculptures of animals. He worked and exhibited with his wife, Claude–they called themselves Les Lalanne as a duo–but often made their artwork separately. Lalanne created a veritable ménagerie of whimsical animals throughout his career. Mischievous but chic, practical but playful–he sculpted rhinoceri, hippopotami, monkeys, and more.
He achieved great success with commissions from famous fashion designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, and Karl Lagerfeld. Lalanne’s inventiveness was shown through the functionality of his sculptures, such as his Rhinocretaire, a life-size rhinoceros with sides that fold into a desk. Intending to demystify art, Lalanne looked at art as a “fun house” and promoted the usefulness of sculpture to eliminate the superfluous adoration of art.