"Elephant" Lounge Chair in Fiberglass by Bernard RANCILLAC, France, 1966, L 160 W 146 H 100 cm.

“Elephant” Lounge Chair in Fiberglass by Bernard RANCILLAC, France, 1966, L 160 W 146 H 100 cm.

Bernard Rancillac (August 29, 1931) is a French visual artist. Painter of the new realism, he treated in his works the star-cult of the collective society with irony. Highly interested in politics, he was one of the founders of the Narrative Figuration movement. In 1961, he was awarded a prize in painting at the Paris Biennale and three years later, he co-organized with Gassiot-Talabot, Télémaque and Foldes, the exhibition “Mythologies quotidiennes” at the Modern Art Museum of Paris.

Rancillac created one unique piece of furniture, the “Elephant” chair, presented as part of the exhibition “Les Assises du siège contemporain” at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, in May 1968. This stunning chair is also part of the mid-century collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Art (Canada).