Definition of pompier in English:
noun (plural pronounced same)
- 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.
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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