‘Secret masterpiece’ by Claude Lalanne sold in Paris

‘Secret masterpiece’ by Claude Lalanne sold in Paris

A monumental sculpture by the late French artist Claude Lalanne that sat on the grounds of a school for decades unknown to art lovers has fetched 1.24 million euros ($1.44 million) at auction, blowing past estimates. The sale of “The Rape of Europa” on Sunday was the latest to underscore growing demand for the whimsical yet meticulous works by the French artist who died in 2019, after decades of creations with her artistic partner and husband Francois-Xavier. A two-metre tall work cast in bronze, it depicts the Greek mythology legend of Zeus transformed into a bull to carry off the princess Europa to the island of Crete. Lalanne designed it for the garden at the European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP), a management school in Fontainebleau south of Paris, not far from her studio in the village of Ury. “It is a rare and major work by Claude Lalanne, of which another cast, owned by the family, is currently shown in the Trianon Parc of the Chateau de Versailles,” the couple’s lon
A monumental sculpture by the late French artist Claude Lalanne that sat on the grounds of a school for decades unknown to art lovers has fetched 1.24 million euros ($1.44 million) at auction, blowing past estimates. The sale of “The Rape of Europa” on Sunday was the latest to underscore growing demand for the whimsical yet meticulous works by the French artist who died in 2019, after decades of creations with her artistic partner and husband Francois-Xavier. A two-metre tall work cast in bronze, it depicts the Greek mythology legend of Zeus transformed into a bull to carry off the princess Europa to the island of Crete. Lalanne designed it for the garden at the European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP), a management school in Fontainebleau south of Paris, not far from her studio in the village of Ury. “It is a rare and major work by Claude Lalanne, of which another cast, owned by the family, is currently shown in the Trianon Parc of the Chateau de Versailles,” the couple’s lon