Son of a cabinetmaker craftsman, François Pompon enters the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Dijon after working stone and wood in Saulieu to earn a living. In 1874, he left for Paris and entered into relations with the entrepreneurs who transformed the Paris of the Second Empire. He executed decorative figures and caryatids for the facade of the Hôtel de Ville, then joined Rodin as a practitioner where he stayed for fifteen years.
He had to wait until the age of 67 and the 1922 Salon to achieve success with "Polar Bear".
Known above all as an animal sculptor, he will exalt the lyricism of light in the polishing of surfaces and the economy of detail, after having been conserved in the Jardin des Plantes, the Three hundred pieces bequeathed by F. Pompon have been definitively transferred to Dijon, at the Musée des Beaux-Arts.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 17.5 cm
Width: 8 cm
Depth: 8 cm
Weight: 0.550 kg
Museum: Paris - Museum of Orsay