Louis Cane France, b. 1943


Louis Cane (b.1943, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France) is a French painter, sculptor, and furniture designer. In the 1960s, Cane studied interior design at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Nice and then the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Following his studies, Cane began a career in earnest as a painter and sculptor. His approach to the fine arts is multidisciplinary: just as his painting practice converged with his sculptural practice, so too is his furniture design informed by his work in non-decorative media. Cane’s extensive knowledge of art history characterizes his diverse body of work. Much of his furniture—which includes consoles, lanterns, desks and lamps in a variety of materials such as resin, marquetry, wood and bronze—evokes eighteenth-century French design. In all media, Cane’s work is whimsical, timeless, and elegantly experimental. Cane has exhibited at several prominent international museums including the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Shaanxi History Museum in Xi’an, China, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, George Pompidou Centre in Paris.