Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916)
Rembrandt was a son of the famous creative Milanese family, the Bugattis. His father was an important designer and exponent of art nouveau, his elder brother Ettore founded the Bugatti car company and he was named after an uncle who was a painter.
The tall, shy Bugatti lived a reclusive life that he dedicated to studying the wild animals in the Jardin des Plantes park. In 1907, he left for Antwerp where he visited the famous, and – at the time – world’s largest zoo, every day. Initially he modelled the animals naturalistically, but from 1910 onwards he explored new, slightly cubist shapes, conspicuously presaging the later Art Deco.