Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rembrandt Bugatti



Among my favorite sculptors are Michelangelo, Rodin and Rembrandt Bugatti.
Bugatti was born in Milan in 1885 into a highly artistic family. His grandfather and his father were both famous in their time for sculpting, painting and engineering.
One of his brothers Carlo made stylish groundbreaking furniture, the other, Ettore became one of the best known automobile manufacturers.
In 1902 the family moved to Paris, where Rembrandt Bugatti developed his passion for sculpting animals. He spent a lot of time at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium. 
That zoo unfortunately was forced during World War I to kill off most of their livestock. Bugatti, who had used many of these animals as models for his sculptures, was devastated. 
He already had problems with depression, and in 1916 at the age of 31 Rembrandt Bugatti killed himself.

His work astounds me. Even though he never travelled to wild places in order to study wild life, his research was done at zoos, the sculptures truly capture the spirit of the animal.
Stylistically they range from a rough Rodin like approach to an Art Deco design.

The first time I saw his work was at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, and I immediately fell in love with it.

















22 comments:

  1. Aah, I was waiting for this one! To my eye his work is the most beautiful in animal sculpture.

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  2. :Sob: These are just so beautiful!

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  3. WOW! can't say much else except, well ...WOW!!!
    Thanks for introducing us to these amazing artists - such an inspiration.

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  4. Amazing...and how are doing your sculpture wire Andreas?

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    1. Doing other things for the moment, but can't wait to get back into it.

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    2. Nice, when your statues get ready, post here to us can appreciate...We all love your works mate...Im your fan number 1...you can bet on it...(sorry for my poor English)...

      PS: I´m sorry for you don´t have Facebook...but at the same time I´m very glad that you have your own Blog to share all this precious treasure with us...Thank you friend!!!

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  5. Amazing...and how are doing your sculpture wire Andreas?

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  6. Stunning!!!!!! I'd never heard of Bugatti before, so thank you for sharing this. Amazing work...

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  7. A life cut so short is tragic. When I imagine the work and styles he could've gone on to achieve I feel terribly sad. At least we have these.

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  8. amazing sculptures. see also a Finnish sculptor named Jussi Mäntynen.

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  10. Wow! Those animals are wonderful! I love how strong, smooth, and solid looking the sculptures are. Thanks again for opening my eyes up to a new artist :D

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  11. So much life in those. I like how the family is artistic. Such a cool pic of him at the top, the donkey didn't want to miss out in the action, kinda looks like he's aware of the camera and striking a pose.

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  12. These are amazing! Not only are they beautifully sculpted....it's as though you can really feel the muscle tension in each one of them. Great silhouettes too!

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  13. I first saw his work at the Tefaf art-fair and fell in love with it immediately! His work is very remarkable.

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  14. the girl holding the cat is stunning!

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  15. I like the fact that he sculpted them in posses that are not normal they have more of a sense of motion and life to them.

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  16. PS- If I was a billionaire I'd have one of each! And your wire sculptures

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  17. Wow, these sculptures are incredible!

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  18. I just visited Paris and went to the Musee d'Orsay where they had several of Rembrandt Bugatti sculptures. If anyone gets the chance - see them. They are even more life like in person! SO beautiful I could scream!

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  19. This guy is incredible. I just realize because of your post that I already heard of him through one of my favourite comic book (ever !). There's a character in it who is a sculptor and who's called Buddy and looks just like him. I don't know if you'll like it, but maybe you should check some picture from the comic. It is called "Zoo". The scenario is from Bonifay and the drawings are made by Frank Pé,a dutch drawer who is probably my favourite drawer ever. The comic book is in french, but pictures don't need any words or explanations. If you're interested, you can check on his official website ==> http://www.frankpe.com/base.htm
    Anyway thank you for sharing. Your blog is really instructive and so tasty. Thanks for the inspiration !

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