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Francois Pompon

1855 - 1933
Sculptor
Origin: France
Born: May 9, 1855, Saulieu, France
Died: May 6, 1933, Paris, France

Born in a small village near Dijon, France, to working-class parents in 1855, Francois Pompon began his artistic career as an apprentice marble carver in a Dijon funerary monument company. During the early 1870s, he studied architecture, engraving, and sculpture in evening courses at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Dijon. By 1876, when he was twenty-one years old, Pompon had moved to Paris in order to continue his study of art. He enrolled in evening classes at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs, so that he also had time for gainful employment. Because the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune of 1871 had caused significant damage to the French capital just a few years prior to his arrival, Pompon was able to make a living working on projects in the rebuilding efforts. For example, the young sculptor helped produce architectural ornamentation for the new Hotel de Ville de Paris. His academic career was soon bringing moderate success, as well, as Pompon made his Salon debut in 1879, exhibiting a statue of Victor Hugo's Cosette (from Les Miserables).

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Pelican
1929, Bronze
Francois Pompon
France, 1855 - 1933