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Souvenir Medal Musée d'Orsay François Pompon - Polar Bear - Monnaie de Paris

Souvenir Medal Musée d'Orsay François Pompon - Polar Bear - Monnaie de Paris

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This souvenir medal is a tribute to the famous sculpture, Polar Bear by François Pompon (1855-1933). Kept at the Orsay Museum.

For many years, Pompon was one of the most sought-after assistants in Paris, hewing blocks of marble for Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. But after 1905, in reaction to Rodin's ...
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Characteristics

Original work kept at :
Paris - Musée d'Orsay
Theme :
Animals
Art movements :
Modern & Contemporary Art, 21st century, Art Déco
Artist :
François Pompon (1855-1933)
Material :
Metal alloy
EAN :
3336729168415
Model dimensions :
3.4 cm
Reference :
CB500122

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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.