24 November 2016 – 26 January 2017
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne met in Paris in 1952 and began working and exploring the natural world together through sculpture. Their early days together were marked by interactions with the thriving community of artists in Montparnasse, not least François-Xavier’s early neighbour Constantin Brâncuși who inspired his transition from painting to sculpture. While very distinct in their styles, with François-Xavier’s witty, bold and majestic animal sculptures – commonly doubling as functional storage spaces – in contrast to Claude’s delicate flora and fauna inspired pieces, together they created a world of fantasy, their work in many ways defying categorisation.
Pomme de Jardin (Rouge), 2011