François Pompon (1855-1933) Guinea fowl Model... - Lot 72 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay

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François Pompon (1855-1933) Guinea fowl Model... - Lot 72 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay
François Pompon (1855-1933) Guinea fowl Model created around 1910-1912, this bronze executed on April 20, 1928 Bronze with black patina Signed "POMPON" on the terrace Bears the founder's stamp "CIRE PERDUE A.A. HEBRARD" and numbered "D 3". Dim.: 20 x 20.5 x 10.5 cm (terrace) Related works : -François Pompon, Pintade, between 1910 and 1912, bronze, dim. 20.1 x 10.8 x 29.7 cm, Paris, Musée d'Orsay, bequest by the artist in 1933, inv.RF.3272. Bibliography : -Catherine Chevillot, Liliane Colas, François Pompon 1855-1933, Paris, Gallimard / Electa. Réunion des musées nationaux, 1994, model listed under n°153A "One day René (Demeurisse) was intrigued to see silk paper cones on a shelf in the studio, capping confused shapes. Pompon simply replied: "They're little sculptures I'm having fun making. René asked to look at them, and was surprised to see true masterpieces, these studies of none other than the goose, the duck, the moorhen ... in all their beauty and purity of line". The written recollections of René Demeurisse's wife bear witness to this crucial moment, around 1919, when Pompon met the man who helped lift him from his patrician status to become the true leader of twentieth-century animal sculpture. From the 1880s onwards, Pompon enjoyed creating animal subjects, working with extremely simplified forms. He particularly modeled the small farmyard animals he observed in the Normandy countryside, where he had acquired a house near that of his friend René de Saint-Marceaux. He exhibited his first animal bronze at the 1892 Salon (Poulet, no. 2992). The famous publisher Adrien Hébrard took an interest in his series of domestic animals, and in 1919, just after the end of the Great War, presented the first Pompon exhibition. In 1912, the sculptor gave Hébrard the wax model of La Pintade and entrusted him with its publication. Although the first two bronzes were made in 1914, the majority of the work was produced between 1918 and 1933.
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