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 Dijon 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. One of Pompon’s most well-known pieces is White Bear (also known as “Polar Bear in Stride “), a huge marble sculpture located at the Musée D’Orsay in Paris. To this day, François Pompon may be considered an influential forerunner of modern sculpture.
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