Male boa

François-Xavier Lalanne

Male boa
Oil on canvas signed and dated Lalanne 68 on the left canvas and on the back of each canvas 
Dimensions : 
82 x 570 cm / 32.28 x 224.41 inch
Dimensions with frame : 
82 x 570 cm / 32.28 x 224.41 inch
Exhibition : 

Exhibited in Quinta Botanica, Jérome Jullien-Cornic’s paper tube house in Portugal designed by Shigeru Ban.

Description of the artwork

Created in 1968, a pivotal and intensely creative year for Lalanne, Serpent consists of five separate panels of oil on canvas, each housed in a freestanding wooden frame. The multiple elements of the box allow flexibility and movement in the presentation of the work, echoing the movement of its subject.

In 1968, François-Xavier Lalanne created a pair of fantastic snakes, a male and a female, in inverted colours. They were each executed in the form of a carpet, two unique pieces, the female, made in 1968, measuring almost 5 metres, and the male, measuring 7 metres, made in 1979.

The polyptych we are presenting here is a representation of the male snake, never before seen on the market, and always a unique piece.


Private European collection, acquired directly from the artist's family in the 1990s.

Available artworks

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