Published: October 12, 2004
An exhibition of 20 bronze sculptures of animals by Italian-born artist Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) will be on view at James Graham & Son through November 12.
This presentation will feature a selection of works from the Bugatti show that originated at London’s Sladmore Gallery in June. An illustrated color catalog will be available, as well as a recently published monograph by Edward Horswell.
The son of furniture designer Carlo Bugatti and the younger brother of car designer Ettore Bugatti, Rembrandt Bugatti distinguished himself as one of the finest sculptors of the early Twentieth Century. Although his career was brief – he committed suicide at age 31 – he produced some 300 sculptures to commercial and critical success.
The gallery will feature many of his most accomplished bronzes, including “Walking Panther” of 1904, an example of Bugatti’s early impressionist handling, and the more stylized “Hamadryas Baboon” from 1910.
Bugatti was born in Milan in 1884, and he worked in Paris and Antwerp. His early talents were nurtured in the creative environment of his family (the young artist was particularly inspired by the work of his uncle, the painter Giovanni Segantini) and he was encouraged by such family friends as Russian sculptor Paul Troubetzkoy.
Bugatti began exhibiting his works in the early 1900s, joining the major Paris gallery and foundry of A.A. Hebrard. In 1911, at age 27, he was elected Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
Despite enjoying periods of success, which included praise from poet and critic Guillaume Apollinaire and the elder sculptor Auguste Rodin, Bugatti, who struggled with lifelong depression, suffered emotional and financial hardships exacerbated by the First World War. He ended his life by gas poisoning in Paris in 1916.
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