Rembrandt Bugatti


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Italian sculptor and draughtsman, son of Carlo Bugatti (1856–1940), who is best known as a furniture designer but who also painted, and brother of the famous automobile designer Ettore Bugatti (1881–1947). He was born in Milan and worked mainly in Paris (where his family settled in 1904) and Antwerp (where he lived from 1907 until the outbreak of the First World War). He was precociously gifted but he had no formal training in art. His speciality was bronze animal sculptures (the zoo in Antwerp encouraged animal artists), in which he moved from an impressionistic style to a more abstracted idiom. He was one of the most acclaimed artists of the day in his field (he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour when he was only 26), but he committed suicide because of a combination of illness, depression (partly caused by a failed love affair), and financial problems (the war had ruined his market).

Subjects: Art.

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