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White bear - François Pompon

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This reproduction of a polar bear is a cast of the original statue by the sculptor François Pompon on display at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon. However, the best-known example is the one on display at the Musée d'Orsay since 1986.

The son of a cabinetmaker, François Pompon entered the École des ...
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Dimensions :
Grand modèle : 48 x 25 x 13 cm - Petit modèle : 28 x 15 x 8 cm
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Artist :
François Pompon (1855-1933)
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Maintenance :
Ne pas exposer à une source de chaleur directe. Nettoyage : chiffon doux et sec
Original work kept at :
Paris - Musée d'Orsay
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Art movement :
19th century
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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.