Michel Bassompierre: The animal in soft curves …
Michel Bassompierre, the animal sculptor who gives life to the bronzes and marbles.
Michel Bassompierre, born in Paris in 1948, is a French animal sculptor. Bears, horses, elephants and gorillas are his favorite subjects.
Child of an artist mother and a scientist father, Michel Bassompierre enrolled at the School of Fine Arts of Rouen to learn sculpture.
He decided to deepen his knowledge of animal anatomy: the skeleton and muscles. The apprentice sculptor draws and records the attitudes of each animal under the guidance of his professor of sculpture René Leleu.
He works on round animals who take good light.
In 1989, he won the Grand National Exhibition Award of Animal Artists.
In 1990, he won the Prix Marcel Edouard Sandoz in 1998 and the gold medal of the French Artists Salon.
The sculptures of Michel Bassompierre, bears, primates, frogs, horses, elephants, represent several hundred pieces.
His bear its gorillas, elephants, exposed in the great Parisian salons are quick to snatch prices. The awards follow one another: Silver Medal, Gold and Grand Salon des Artistes French Prix, Grand National Exhibition Award of Animal Artists …
In 1998 he was invited with Olivier Debré to exhibit at Gobelins in Paris Circle.
In 2015, he was the guest of honor of the Museum François Pompon Saulieu part of the exhibition “brown bears.”
After this exhibition, Michel Bassompierre donated to the Museum François Pompon one of his works entitled “Salmon No. 1”. This sculpture is visible in one of the rooms of the museum dedicated to wildlife artists donated invited to exhibit there.
“Initially he thinks of the structure, the inner line, the envelope, plans and volumes that will soften that the shadow does not eat light wishing that this remains a scupture, but gradually it becomes something else: life seems to be there! “
His bears, horses, elephants and gorillas invade other galleries and collections around the world.
The works of Michel BASSOMPIERRE are sold worldwide and particularly in auction house Sotheby’s in London.
In March 2015, one of his marbles “Goldilocks” is awarded € 15,800 at Sotheby’s as part of the sale “Bear Witness”