was a French sculptor who was famous for his stylized animal figures. He was also a student of Rodin
. Although his White Polar Bear
is his most famous, his other animal studies, such as this Owl Statue, illustrate how Pompon conveys the animal's form, mass, and dimensionality in a unique way with smooth, fleshy roundness. His sculpture style has a simplified sophistication that would become characteristic of modern sculpture in the early 20th century.
This Owl Turning His Head Statue
is collectible quality with a hand painted bronze finish. It is part of the Parastone Museum Collection of statue reproductions well-known in Europe. Comes with a color card in four languages.
Measures: Large: 9 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in. x 3 1/2 in.
Pompon Owl is also available in a smaller size: POM03 Owl by Pompon Small
5.5 in. x 2 in. x 1.5 in.Pompon Biography:
Pompon was born in Saulieu in French Burgundy as the son of a carpenter. At his fifteenth year, he takes service with a stonemason in Dijon where he learns the principles of sculpting and attends evening classes at l'Ecole des Beaux Arts. Five years later he goes to Paris where he also works for a stonemason in Montparnasse during the daytime and attends evening classes at l'Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratif. Later he contributes to new decorations for the Hotel de Ville which had been set on fire in the time of the Commune. During his education he meets Pierre-Louis Rouillard, a sculptor of animal figures who possibly became a source of inspiration for the work which would make him famous later on. In 1882 he marries Berthe Valain, who, like his mother, worked as a couturier. He tries to build his own oeuvre. Although his first major sculpture Cosette
draws the attention of the salon-jury, an independent sculpting career seems far away. He ends up taking service with Rodin
where he becomes head of his studio three years later.
From 1896 he starts doing a lot of work for Rene de Saint-Mareaux, a famous sculptor of the time. Pompom does this until Mareaux's death in 1916. He also continues searching for his own style, in which his preference for sculpting outdoors plays a big part. For this purpose, he develops an ingenious mobile sculpting-unit. His membership of the Bande a Schnegg, a group of sculptors involved with Rodin's studio is of great influence too. Collectively they search for new stylized shapes, based on the monumental serenity of classical sculpture.
In addition, Pompon starts to focus more and more on animal figures, but his work remains unappreciated and so he goes through a bad patch.
It is not until 1919 that his work starts attracting more interest. He sells a stone sculpture of a turtledove to Musee de Luxembourg and two years later three plaster animal figures to Musee de Grenoble. Not until he is 67 years old does he get his final breakthrough with the exhibition of l'Ours Blanc (White Polar Bear)
in plaster at the Salon des Artistes Francais. Successful exhibitions follow in Tokyo and Osaka and the ice bear, which had become famous by then, is produced in marble. The museum of Saint-Omer buys several of his pieces and in 1929 the ice bear finds a permanent place in Musee de Luxembourg. Upon his death, Pompon left nearly 300 pieces to the French state which were eventually displayed at the Musee des Beaux Arts in Dijon. The Musee d'Orsay in Paris has a large collection of plaster models.