François Pompon (1855-1933) White bear Model... - Lot 147 - Crait + Müller

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François Pompon (1855-1933) White bear Model... - Lot 147 - Crait + Müller
François Pompon (1855-1933) White bear Model created around 1921-1924 Proof in bronze with dark brown patina Posthumous lost-wax edition from the Claude Valsuani foundry Signed " POMPON " on the outside of the right rear paw Bears the founder's stamp "C Valsuani Cire perdue" on the back of the left rear leg H. 24,5 x L. 42,5 cm Wear to the muzzle This year France celebrates the centenary of the White Bear, the iconic sculpture that François Pompon presented at the Salon de l'Automne in 1922, at the encouragement of Antoine Bourdelle. For this first participation in the Salon, he chose a large plaster model of a white bear. The animal, with its smooth, pure, synthetic forms and its economy of detail embodies the height of modernity at the time. It was the beginning of success for the 67-year-old sculptor. The work was so successful that the artist used the model several times between 1925 and 1927 to produce several smaller versions for publication. Our work corresponds to the version C of the catalog raisonné, the one called "the right legs do not touch". Related literature: C. Chevillot, L. Colas, A. Pingeot, François Pompon, Gallimard / Electra, RMN, 1994, a similar copy is reproduced and described under model 122C p.211. Related works : François Pompon, Polar Bear, bronze, bronze statuette, stamped on the back of its anterior, CIRE/C. VAL- SUANI / PERDUE, dim. 24 x 11,5 x 45 cm, (model E), Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 4196.
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