(16 October 1884 – 8 January 1916) was an Italian sculptor
, known primarily for his bronze sculptures of wildlife subjects.
Born in Milan
, into a notably artistic family, Rembrandt Bugatti was the second son of Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) and his wife, Teresa Lorioli. His older brother was Ettore Bugatti
who became one of the world's most famous automobile manufacturers.
He was given his first name by his uncle, the painter Giovanni Segantini
. His father was a successful and important Art Nouveau
furniture and jewelry designer who also worked in textiles, ceramics, and silver metalware. As such, Rembrandt Bugatti grew up in an environment where a great many of his parent's friends were from the artistic world. In 1902, the family moved to Paris
, where they lived in a community of artisans
As a child he hung around his father's workshop and was encouraged to try sculpting in plasticine
by the family friend and renowned Russian
sculptor, Prince Paolo Troubetzkoy
Rembrandt Bugatti was a young man when he began to work with the art foundry and gallery owner, Adrian Hébrard. He produced a number of bronzes
which were successfully exhibited and promoted by Hébrard. Bugatti's love of nature led to him spending a great deal of time in the wildlife sanctuary near the Jardin des Plantes
in Paris or at the Antwerp Zoo
where he studied the features and movement of exotic animals. His sculptures of animals such as elephants