Polar Bear



This is a reproduction of a marble sculpture from François Pompon (Saulieu 1855 – Paris 1933)
This sculpture of a polar bear, presented at the Salon in 1922, made the success of François Pompon. 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.

27.5 x 8 x H 15 cm
Made in the « Département des Ateliers d’Art Moulage et Chalcographie, Le Louvre, Paris »

Video : The molding worshop at Musée du Louvre (in French)
Price: USD 225 / RMB 1,499 / HKD 1,745