hand-made resin bear with International Klein Blue (IKB) pigment
acrylic box: 10.63 x 7.48 x 19.29 inches
edition size: 999 with 199 APs
individual number inlaid under the right hind leg
signed, numbered, and with two stamped COAs published by Artémus Éditions (2022)
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This limited edition is the result of a collaboration between the estates of two renowned French artists, Yves Klein and François Pompon. It is based on the original mould for Pompon’s L’Ours blanc, a cast sculpture of a white polar bear first shown in Paris at the Autumn Salon in 1922. Pompon created this bear a a few times using different media, however the most famous one, created in stone, can be seen at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
This edition, titled L’Ours Pompon, transforms the bear with Klein's iconic International Klein Blue (IKB) pigment which Klein associated with the immaterial values beyond what can be seen or touched. L’Ours Pompon carries on the tradition in Klein's oeuvre of notable limited edition sculptures of classic historical forms like Victoire de Samothrace and L'Esclave de Michel-Angelo.
L’Ours Pompon includes two certificates of authenticity (COAs), one each from Yves Klein Archives and François Pompon's estate. The individual, certified number is shown under the rear leg. The sculpture is fixed on an acrylic terrace and protected by an acrylic bell.