Definition of pompier in English:

pompier

Line breaks: pom|pier
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒmpɪə
 
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noun (plural pronunc. same)

An artist regarded as painting in an academic, imitative, and vulgarly neoclassical style: the turn-of-the-century pompiers [as modifier]: this pompier artist
More example sentences
  • Vehemently antimodern, he devoted his considerable resources to preserving a tradition embraced by the 19th-century artists he adored, pompiers like William Bouguereau and Jean-Leon Gerome.
  • He dismissed Mapplethorpe as a pompier - an artist so concerned with elegance as to have lost touch with the limits of his medium.
  • In terms of this higher morality, the pompier and the poet both have invisible existences, both happen upon laborious roads of the future.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French, literally 'fireman', said to derive from the similarity between firemen's helmets and those worn by the Greek gods and heroes depicted by late Classical artists.

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