Hippopotamus by Francois Pompon Sculpture replica of this famous minimalist sculptor. Francois Pompon (1855-1933),French sculptor, student of Rodin and famous for his stylized animal figures. Receiving encouragement from Rodin, he produced some stunning works such as the Polar Bear shown at the 1922 Salon d'Automne. By the age of 67, he had become famous and produced many other masterpieces during the last ten years of his career. This hippo is made of a resin and bonded bronze coloring.