FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE

1927-2008

The artist creates a playful bestiary under hieratic attitudes. The synthetic and structured treatment of animal forms places them in the tradition of sculptures from ancient Egypt, Pompon or even Brancusi.

The artist is interested in the motif of the carp that he declines in the form of furniture (Grande Carpe, 1972) or sculpture, intended for public spaces (such as the port of Fontvieille, Grande Carpe, 1996) or for interior spaces like this Golden Carp from 1987. The carp, a common freshwater fish, is here represented by the noblest material, gold. 

La carpe d’or, Francois-Xavier Lalanne, 1987 no224_250, 30 x 12 x 50cm