Claude Lalanne (1925-2019), Moyen Choupatte, 2019

Patinated bronze
Donation in payment of inheritance tax, 2021
Inv. 2021.102.9
© ADAGP, Paris / Les Arts Décoratifs / photo: Christophe Dellière

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Here, Claude poetically portrays a cabbage on two legs, reminiscent of Meret Oppenheim’s 1939 Table aux pieds d’oiseaux. Keen on artefacts and interested in peculiar things, Claude exhibited her first Choupatte at Jeanine Restany’s Galerie J in 1964. This piece foreshadowed what was to become the common thread running through her work: assemblage and hybridisation. Produced in several dimensions, the museum’s Moyen Choupatte dates from 2019.

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