Sculptor François Pompon (French, 18551933), who spent fifteen years as a stone carver in the studio of Auguste Rodin, won critical success for his plaster model of a polar bear. As a genre, animalier sculpture depictions of animalsreached its peak in mid-nineteenth-century France, principally due to the work of Antoine- Louis Barye (French, 17951875). The public taste for it, however, lasted well into the twentieth century, usually as a form of decoration. This Polar Bear was a favorite of many French decorators of the era, most notably Pompons friend Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, who included it in many of his widely published interiors.
A one-time assistant in the studio of Auguste Rodin, François Pompon (French, 18551933) did not achieve recognition as a sculptor until he was 67 years old. In 1922, his plaster sculpture of a polar bearnearly ten feet in lengthwon critical and popular praise at the Paris Salon dAutomne. Smoothly modeled and shorn of extraneous detail, the work was later reproduced in a variety of sizes and media, including plaster, porcelain, and marble. The version in the Metropolitan Museum was executed in white marble soon after the original plaster. Our reproduction is cast from a direct mold of the original Pompon polar bear sculpture. Available in large or small. Cast marble. Hand patinated. Large: 9 1/2”H x 18”L, Small: 4 1/2”H x 9 1/2”L. Sorry, gift wrap is not available for this item.
Cast marble Hand patinated Large: 9 1/2”H x 18”L, Small: 4 1/2”H x 9 1/2”L Gift wrap not available