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Affiche d'une exposition du sculpteur animalier Michel  BASSOMPIERRE au Musée POMPON et dans la ville de Saulieu
In 1922, François POMPON was revealed to the general public after presenting his Ours blanc at the Salon d'Automne. To celebrate this centenary, the Pompon Museum in Saulieu, the town from which it originates, has chosen to honor the work of its worthy successor: Michel BASSOMPIERRE.
 
Until September 30, as part of this exceptional exhibition, six monumental bears are presented in the city and at the Relais Bernard LOISEAU. The François POMPON Museum houses around twenty marbles and bronzes , as well as drawings and sketches by the artist .
Le sculpteur animalier Michel BASSOMPIERRE avec un de ses ours en bronze

Michel BASSOMPIERRE is one of the most important artists in the field of contemporary animal sculpture.

Born in Paris in 1948, he was captivated from childhood by drawing and modeling. He grew up between an artist mother and a scientist father. This duality will influence his future work, which combines a resolutely contemporary plastic approach with an essential anatomical rigor.

Trained in René LELEU's studio at the School of Fine Arts in Rouen, Michel BASSOMPIERRE learned to look. Thanks to the thousands of sketches he made at the zoo or in the circuses, he built his understanding of the body of the animal, this skilfully articulated machine whose line and movement he captured. In line with François POMPON , he gets rid of the anecdote to get to the point.

Favoring animals with round shapes, bears, gorillas, elephants or horses, he achieves a silhouette that is both soft and precise, where light never strikes the shadow. This visual relationship translates his link to the wild world for which he nourishes a great fascination, far from any anthropomorphism.

Where to see the works in the streets of Saulieu

It invites visitors to discover around twenty marbles and bronzes of gorillas, bears, horses, elephants, as well as drawings and sketches by Michel BASSOMPIERRE.

 

1 place of Doctor Roclore

21 210 Saulieu

Monday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday and public holidays from 10.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Prices: €3 per person. Free for under 18s and for all Sundays

logo du musée POMPON pour l'exposition du sculpteur animalier Michel BASSOMPIERRE