Polar Bear- François Pompon

Polar Bear- François Pompon

Reproduction patinated by hand. Mold made from an imprint of the original work exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay.
The most famous sculpture by François Pompon, the White Bear brings him a late but resounding success at the Salon of 1922. The medium economy gives an iconic presence to the work that finds ...
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Dimensions :
Petit modèle : H. 15 cm L. 27,5 cm P. 8 cm / Grand modèle : H. 25 cm L. 48 cm P. 13 cm
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Museum :
Musée d'Orsay
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Publisher :
Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais

The artist

François Pompon (1855-1933)

Son of a cabinetmaker, François Pompon entered the school of fine arts (Ecole des Beaux-Arts) of Dijon after having earned his living in Saulieu as a stone and wood worker. He studied architecture and sculpture and acquired basic knowledge in engraving.In 1874, he left for Paris and, thanks to contacts with contractors transforming Paris during the Second Empire, was able to produce decorative figures and caryatids for the façade of City Hall. For the next fifteen years, he worked as Rodin's assistant.It was only at the age of 67, with the 1922 Salon, that he attained success with the "White Bear".Especially known as a sculptor of animals, he exalted lyricism in light by polished surfaces with an economy of detail.After having been placed at the "Jardins des Plantes", the three hundred pieces bequeathed by F. Pompon were transferred to Dijon, at the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

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