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François Pompon Statue - Small Polar Bear (1923-33)

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François Pompon Statue - Small Polar Bear (1923-33)

This François Pompon statue is part of our statues and sculptures collection. This exquisite and identical Parastone resin statue represents the French sculptor François Pompon’s most notorious work “L’Ours Blanc” (1923-33). Established in 1880, Parastone after becoming independent in 1963 devoted itself to producing high-quality reproductions of timeless masterpieces. Throughout the majority of his career, Pompon worked as an assistant for other artists like Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, until he exhibited “L’Ours Blanc” at the Salon d’Automne with French impressionists in 1922, and receiving tardy recognition by the age of 67. Unlike other sculptors, Pompon abandoned realistic human rendering in sculpture and focused in capturing “the very essence of animals” through his stylized animal representations characterized by an economy in detail. More details on François Pompon - Small Polar Bear (1923-1933):

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 8" in. x 4.5" in. x 3" in.
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs
  • Material: Resin
  • Additional features: Part of Parastone’s Museum collection, includes a description card of the work.
  • Original Artwork: Pompon, François. L’Ours Blanc, 1923-1933. Stone Sculpture. H. 163; W. 251; D. 90 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.


François Pompon was a French sculptor and animalier, most commonly recognized for his stylized animals. His career began as an apprentice marble carver in a funerary monument company. He soon after began studies in architecture, engraving, and sculpture. Pompon went on to study under the famous “animalier” Pierre Louis Rouillard at the École Nationale Supérieure Des Arts Décoratifs. Later on, he served as an assistant to Auguste Rodin. After completing his service to Rodin, he learned as much as he could from various other artists about Sculpting. Eventually, he had a breakthrough in 1921 with his masterpiece, White Bear. White Bear (also known as “Polar Bear in Stride”), is a huge marble sculpture located at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. It is famous for the suggestions that come from the powerful image of the bear, such as its naturalistic weight and strength, to its slow, purposeful movements. To this day, François Pompon is still considered an influential forerunner of modern sculpture, and his intricate renderings of natural life have charmed the hearts of millions.  He has had profound effects on naturalistic sculpting and other areas of modern sculpture.


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