Rembrandt Bugatti worked very early on with wood and metal and made his first works during family stays in the Italian mountains, modelling with plasticine the animals he crossed, especially cows.Read More
In 1903, his family moved to Paris. This was an opportunity for this animal lover to observe the fauna and flora, the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes or the horse market. Although he never followed any traditional academic training, Bugatti transcribed animal anatomy into the subject with his own sensitivity and realism, preferring hands-free modelling without any preparatory sketches.
In 1904, Adrien Aurélien Hébrard, founder of the Hébrard foundry, chose the artist's works to inaugurate his Parisian gallery, rue Royale, an exhibition that was met with great success with the critics of the time.
From 1906, Rembrandt Bugatti travelled between France, Germany and Belgium, where he visited different national zoos, including the Antwerp one. His sculptural corpus is mainly composed of wild animals: big cats, antelopes, giraffes, bears and rhinos. With Pompon, he is one of the founders of the renewal of animal representation in sculpture.
Text courtesy Helene Bailly Gallery.