FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE Wapiti (petit)

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FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE
Wapiti (Petit)
1996
number 4 from an edition of 8
Monogrammed FxL , impressed LALANNE, dated 1996 and numbered 4/8 plus 4 artist’s proofs
Patinated bronze
72.4 by 35.6 by 40.6 cm (28½ by 14⅛ by 16 in.)

PROVENANCE
Private Collection

EXHIBITED
Les Lalanne, September 10-October 3, 2020, Kasmin Gallery, New York

CATALOGUE NOTE
Conceived in 1988 and cast in bronze in an edition of 8 plus 4 APs. The present work is number 4 from the edition and was cast in 1996.
Wapiti (petit) reveals the mastery of form and line that permeates François-Xavier Lalanne’s extraordinary creations inspired by the animal kingdom. Named after the Shawnee tribal word for the white tail characteristic of the animal, the wapiti is known for its majestic stature. As the so-called Royal stag gazes backward—a posture reminiscent of the artist’s rare Capricorne series—his arched neck gracefully balances the sweeping orthogonal created by his 12-point antlers. The animal’s stylized eyes, nose, lips and hooves, combined with the smooth finish of his body, recall ancient Egyptian and Assyrian art and the modernist sculpture of Constantin Brancusi, artistic styles which Lalanne counted among his greatest influences. François-Xavier Lalanne produced this design in a range of sizes. In this example, the artist challenges the viewer to consider the juxtaposition of the massive silhouette of the familiar animal against the elegant tabletop scale of the sculpture.

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