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Claude Lalanne Structure
A Bronze Armchair by Claude Lalanne, French
Conceived in 1984 and Completed in 1986
One of a pair of sculptures formed by sweeping iris leaves supported by an arching framework of stems and branches harmoniously bringing together art and utility.
These armchairs were commissioned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for the courtyard of the De Witt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Virginia. Founded by John D. Rockefeller, Colonial Williamsburg was known historically throughout America as having the most inspirational gardens so Claude Lalanne, impassioned by the variety and exuberance of nature, was the inevitable choice of artist.
Lalanne is known for incorporating new materials and spirit into the creation of sculptures for daily life whilst promoting harmony between the human and the natural world. Her work is always approachable, removed from the "Fine Art & Sculpture" pedestal and encouraged to blend into its environment. In this work Claude Lalanne offers sculpture which gracefully embraces function and nature whilst also being imaginative and visually arresting.
Height 76.5 cm width 54.5 cm depth 56 cm (30 in x 21 in x 22 in)
Selected Museums and Public Exhibitions
Great Britain: Windsor Castle, Berkshire
America: Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York
France: The Centre National de Georges Pompidou, Paris. Museum Yves St. Laurent, Paris. Museum 'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice. The City of Paris.
Monaco: The City of Monte Carlo
Japan: Hakone Open Air Museum, Yokohama
Israel: The City of Jerusalem
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris. Picasso Museum, Antibes. The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice. The Art Institute, Chicago. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Musee des Beaux Arts, Agen, France
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