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In 1969, Yves Saint Laurent’s autumn-winter collection featured dresses composed of muslin and casts of the human form by Claude Lalanne. These golden bustiers, waistlines, necks and abdomens captivated audiences from the catwalk.
That same year, Claude Lalanne created Caroline enceinte, a surrealist sculpture of a woman’s body with a cabbage head that echoes the Pop Art movement and the prints by Jasper Johns and George Segal. It can also be compared to the casts of new realism’s leading artist Yves Klein.
Her juxtaposition of elements - plant (a cabbage) and cast (a human body) - is uniquely fascinating and thought-provoking. Is it a tribute to women’s power to give life, or a playful reference to the cabbage patch where legend holds that baby boys are born? Perhaps, for Caroline is expecting a son. Claude Lalanne enjoys combining fragments to produce a powerful work of art that releases us from reality.
The 1969 electroplated version is kept at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 1978, Claude Lalanne designed a bronze version of which 8 copies were cast, ours in 1985. Along with her cabbage with legs, rabbit with cabbage, French bread with children’s feet or her apples with mouths, it belongs to the magical universe of Claude Lalanne, where “the world is blue as an orange” (Paul Eluard).
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