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Jusqu'au 10 octobre 2024, l'InterContinental PARIS Le Grand accueille une exposition du Grand Maître de la sculpture animalière : Michel BASSOMPIERRE.

Deux œuvres monumentales y sont présentées, ainsi qu'une quinzaine de bronzes et de marbres.

Organisée sous l'égide du WWF, cette exposition sera accompagnée d'une conférence le 2 octobre 2024. Pendant la réalisation d'une œuvre en direct, des scientifiques et des grandes figures des causes environnementales échangeront sur la fragilité du monde vivant.


Portrait du sculpteur animalier Michel BASSOMPIERRE avec un ours monumental en bronze, le Parfum

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.

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