Brown Bear - François Pompon

Brown Bear - François Pompon

Reproduction with hand patina. Mold made from an impression of the original work exhibited at the Petit Palais.

François Pompon developed an animal theme by observing the tenants of the Jardin des Plantes zoo. In contrast to Rodin's expressionism, he simplified the forms as much as possible, eliminating...
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10 x 15 x 5 cm
Material of the original work
François Pompon (1855-1933)
Ne pas exposer à une source de chaleur directe. Nettoyage : chiffon doux et sec
Musée d'Orsay, Petit Palais Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Musée de Grenoble, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Musée franco-américain Château et domaine de Blérancourt
Art movement
19th century
Conservation museums
Paris - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris - Petit Palais, Paris - Musée d'Orsay

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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.