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Rembrandt Bugatti (1885-1916)
Rembrandt Bugatti (1885-1916)
Rembrandt Bugatti (1885-1916)
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Property from a Distinguished East Coast Collection
Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916)

Cerf bramant

Details
Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916)
Cerf bramant
signed, numbered and stamped with foundry mark 'RBugatti A. A. HÉBRARD CIRE PERDUE (3)' (on the top of the base)
bronze with reddish brown patina
Height: 16 1/8 in. (41.1 cm.)
Length: 19 in. (48.3 cm.)
Conceived circa 1905 and cast by 1910
Provenance
Galerie Hébrard, Paris.
Madame Galop, Paris (acquired from the above, 1910).
Anon. sale, Hôtel des ventes, Enghien, 25 November 1984, lot 127.
Alain Delon, Paris (by 1990); sale, Christie's, Paris, 22 November 2016, lot 7.
The Sladmore Gallery, London (acquired at the above sale).
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Literature
M. Harvey, The Bronzes of Rembrandt Bugatti: An Illustrated Catalogue and Bibliography, Ascot, 1979, no. 73.
J.-C. Des Cordes and V. Fromanger, Rembrandt Bugatti: Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1987, p. 74 (another cast illustrated in color).
V. Fromanger, Rembrandt Bugatti, Sculpteur: Répertoire monographique, Paris, 2009, pp. 277-278, no. 131 (another cast illustrated in color, p. 278; detail of another cast illustrated, p. 122).
V. Fromanger, Rembrandt Bugatti, Sculpteur: Répertoire monographique, Paris, 2016, p. 284, no. 90 (another cast illustrated in color).
Exhibited
Paris, Galerie Didier Imbert, 20 ans de PassionAlain Delon: Exposition au profit de l'Association pour la recherche sur le Cancer Le´on Schwartzenberg, spring 1990, no. 9.

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Lot Essay

Véronique Fromanger has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Cerf bramant dates from 1905, around the time in which Bugatti had secured a contract with Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard to cast his works in bronze. Plaster examples of the same subject, Grand cerf bramant and Cerf à l'arrêt are held in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay and highlight Bugatti’s intuitive working of this medium at the time. Both are sensitive studies of the deer in different states of interaction that capture both their internal and emotional states as well as their physiognomy. It therefore comes as no surprise that in 1906 Marcel Horteloup proclaimed that Bugatti aspired to be a narrator of animal psychology as, on account of his deep understanding and new methodology in approaching animal sculpture, he established himself as one of the great sculptors of the 20th century as well as a leading force of the animalier movement.
Cerf bramant is an outstanding example of Bugatti’s more impressionistic approach during his successful beginnings in Paris. That being so, the sculpture is representative of the artist’s remarkable talent in creating elegantly streamlined forms that are confidently articulated through broad and sweeping gestures, providing a strong sense of movement. However, while Bugatti pays great attention to the formal properties of rhythm and balance, his careful observation of his subjects results in an understanding of not just their physical appearance but also their demeanor, their essence. As a result, we encounter the stag caught in a moment of everyday life; its neck extended at an angle, calling to another animal nearby.

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