From June to the end of August 2022, the Estades Gallery in Baden-Baden is hosting a personal exhibition by Michel BASSOMPIERRE (Sophienstraße 11).
A monumental bear, La Fratrie n°3a, is also presented in front of the hotel
Dorint Messmer House (Werderstraße 1).
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.