It is with sadness and emotion that Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, learned of the disappearance of Claude Lalanne.

A sculptor very inspired by nature, leaves, trees and flowers, Claude Lalanne composed a singular work, in the image of "The Cabbage Head Man", made in 1968. This sculpture had fascinated Serge Gainsbourg who had acquired it and had given his title to an album a few years later. His talent was embodied in everyday objects: mirrors, furniture, jewellery. As alchemist of matter, she transforms the ephemeral of the flora and animal world.

Claude Lalanne had studied architecture at the School of Fine Arts and the School of Decorative Arts. An independent artist, she also trained with her husband, François-Xavier Lalanne, one of the most famous duets of artists of the XXe century. Friends of the couple Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, they had signed for them many pieces (sculptures, objects, furniture).

The work of Claude Lalanne is popular with collectors and is also present in the French public collections, Fonds national d'art contemporain, FRAC Picardie, Centre Pompidou – Musée national d'art moderne.

Franck Riester extends his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.