Posted by: njs44 | January 18, 2010

Polar Bear

Perhaps I should have talked about this when we still had snow, but now that I have learnt how to insert photos into the blog a whole new world of subjects has opened up for me.

This is Francois Pompon’s amazing sculpture of a Polar Bear.

It’s in the Musee D’Orsay in Paris and their website has this to say about it:

Stripping away the trappings and details, he abandoned any realistic rendering and focused on “the very essence of the animal”. This economy of means gives the work a presence which draws its true force from its monumental scale. Far from the anecdotal, it reveals a search for timelessness and permanence: under the silent outer appearance of fullness, the smooth sculpture nurtures an aspiration to universal form.

I like this photo as it reminds me of a great trip to Paris and you can see some of the architecture of the Museum in the background. The building used to be a Railway Station and was rescued from falling into ruin by the French Government. What a wonderful place, and well worth a visit if you are in Paris.

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