François-Xavier Lalanne's Whimsical Sheep
ABOUT THE WORK
François-Xavier Lalanne’s whimsical sheep, or moutons, have become the artist’s most iconic works, embodying his approach to art and commenting on the nature of art itself. The epoxy and bronze sculptures epitomize Lalanne’s mission to capture the sheer joy that art can bring.
François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008, Agen, France-2008) - epoxy and bronze,
Beliers (m),1994 Mouton Transhumant (Brebis),1988 Agneau (bebe), 1996
François-Xavier studied sculpture, drawing, and painting, in Paris, at Académie Julian. After completing mandatory military service, Francois-Xavier rented a studio in Montparnasse, next door to friend Constantin Brâncuși. He met his future wife, Claude Lalanne at his first gallery show in 1952. The show signified an end of painting for François-Xavier, as he and Claude began their career sculpting together.
“I first saw a softer version of the sheep twenty years ago in a Vogue article in Yves St. Laurent’s home. I loved them then, and I love them now. They make me smile, they are made out of a hard surface, but you still want to cuddle them (but please don’t). Lalannes work is always full of fantasy and humor. These sheep are no exception.” –Kathryn Hall