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Rembrandt Bugatti Art

Italian, 1884-1916

Fils du renommé décorateur Carlo Bugatti et frère cadet du constructeur automobile Ettore Bugatti, Rembrandt Bugatti est connu à la fois pour ses bronzes animaliers et sa fin prématurée. Né à Milan en 1884, il réalise sa première œuvre importante en 1901, une sculpture d’un quatuor de vaches qui révèle tôt ses préoccupations animalières. Le talent de Bugatti est rapidement reconnu et, jeune encore, il connaît le succès. Achim Anscheidt, designer en chef chez Bugatti Automobiles, dira qu’il avait une capacité singulière « pour saisir le mouvement des animaux dans ce qu’il a de plus expressif ». En 1904, il est pris sous contrat d’exclusivité par le fondeur Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard. La qualité et la patine du bronze qu’il reçoit ainsi demeurent très recherchées sur le marché de l’art. Fasciné par les animaux exotiques, il parcourt le Jardin zoologique d’Anvers pour trouver de nouveaux modèles.

Bien au courant d’un regain d’intérêt pour les sujets animaliers au XIXe siècle dans les tableaux de Géricault et Delacroix, ainsi que des bronzes florentins de la Renaissance par ses compatriotes Giambologna et Verrocchio, Bugatti cherche à redéfinir le rôle de la bête dans l’art plastique. Tout se passe à merveille jusqu’à ce que la Grande Guerre éclate, où, s’engageant dans la Croix-Rouge, il devient tuberculeux. Touché par sa maladie et perturbé par les atrocités de la guerre, il se suicide en 1916 à l’âge tendre de 32 ans, interrompant tragiquement une vie si prometteuse.

Les sculptures de Bugatti se trouvent au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, au Musée d’Orsay, au Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, au Hirschhorn Museum, Washington. Elles figurent aussi dans la collection privée d’Alain Delon. Dans la première décennie du XXe siècle, Bugatti participe à la Biennale de Venise. En 1911, il est officier de la Légion d’Honneur. Des expositions de ses œuvres ont lieu en 1904 et 1911 à la Galerie Hébrard, et en 1979 au Royal College of Art. En 2014, l’Alte Nationalgalerie de Berlin lui consacre une rétrospective posthume.

(Biography provided by Samuel Le Paire Fine Art)
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Léopard au repos [Leopard at rest]
By Rembrandt Bugatti
Located in PARIS, FR
Rembrandt Bugatti Léopard au repos [Leopard at rest] Lost-wax cast bronze, blackish-brown patina 31,5 x 49 x 13,5 cm Signed on the base with foundryman’s stamp (A. A. [Hébrard]) Des...
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1910s Rembrandt Bugatti Art

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"Coq" 20th Century, Brown Patina Bronze by French Sculptor, Rembrandt Bugatti
By Rembrandt Bugatti
Located in Madrid, ES
REMBRANDT BUGATTI French, 1884 - 1916 COQ signed "R. Bugatti" (along the left leg) bronze with brown patina Cire Perdue "C. VALSUANI" foundry seal 15-3/8 X 9 X 6-1/4 inches (39,5 X 2...
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1910s Naturalistic Rembrandt Bugatti Art

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Limited Edition Glass Bugatti Dancing Elephant Car Mascot by Lalique
By Lalique, Rembrandt Bugatti
Located in London, GB
A magnificent limited edition car mascot entitled ‘Dancing Elephant’ by the Lalique Glassworks – a lost wax casting of the famous glass car mascot of a dancing elephant from the desi...
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"Coq" 20th Century, Brown Patina Bronze by French Sculptor, Rembrandt Bugatti
By Rembrandt Bugatti
Located in Madrid, ES
REMBRANDT BUGATTI French, 1884 - 1916 COQ signed "R. Bugatti" (along the left leg) bronze with brown patina Cire Perdue "C. VALSUANI" foundry seal 15-3/8 X 9 X 6-1/4 inches (39,5 X 2...
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1910s Naturalistic Rembrandt Bugatti Art

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Limited Edition Glass Bugatti Dancing Elephant Car Mascot by Lalique
By Lalique, Rembrandt Bugatti
Located in London, GB
A magnificent limited edition car mascot entitled ‘Dancing Elephant’ by the Lalique Glassworks – a lost wax casting of the famous glass car mascot of a dancing elephant from the desi...
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2010s French Modern Rembrandt Bugatti Art

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