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Rembrandt Bugatti
ATHLÈTE DEBOUT, DESIGNED CIRCA 1906
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 199,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
35
Rembrandt Bugatti
ATHLÈTE DEBOUT, DESIGNED CIRCA 1906
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 199,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Ginette et Alain Lesieutre, Collection Privée

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Rembrandt Bugatti
ATHLÈTE DEBOUT, DESIGNED CIRCA 1906
patinated bronze
Signed R. Bugatti, numbered (2) and with foundry mark Cire Perdue A.A. Hébrard on the base
62,5 x 25,5 x 28 cm ; 24  5/8  x 10 x 11 in.
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Provenance

Former collection of the Olympic Committee

Exhibited

Hamburg, Museum Für Kunst und Gewerbe, Die Bugattis, Automobile, Möbel, Bronzen, Plakate, June 8 - August 28, 1983
Vence, Château Notre-Dame des fleurs, Galerie Beaubourg, Bugatti, July - September 1995
Amsterdam, Beurs von Berlage, Bugatti : auto's, meubels en beelden van de familie Bugatti, December 19, 1998 - March 7, 1999
Paris, Galerie Univers du Bronze, Collection Alain Lesieutre, 2001
Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Rembrandt Bugatti, Der Bildhauer, 1884-1916, March 28 - July 27, 2014

Literature

Philippe Dejean, Carlo-Rembrandt-Ettore-Jean Bugatti, Paris, 1981, p. 220
Die Bugattis, Automobile, Möbel, Bronzen, Plakate, exhibition catalogue, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, June 8 - August 28, 1983, mentionned p. 145, n. R 3 and illustrated p. 152
Jacques-Chalom des Cordes and Véronique Fromanger Des Cordes, Rembrandt Bugatti, Paris, 1987, p. 158
Bugatti, les meubles, Bugatti, les sculptures, Bugatti, les autos, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Beaubourg, Château Notre-Dame des fleurs, Vence, July - September 1995, illustrated p. 173
Bugatti : auto's, meubels en beelden van de familie Bugatti, exhibition catalogue, Beurs von Berlage, Amsterdam, December 19, 1998 - March 7, 1999, illustrated p. 71
Rembrandt Bugatti, Der Bildhauer, 1884-1916, exhibition catalogue, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, March 28 - July 27, 2014, illustrated p. 164
Véronique Fromanger, Une trajectoire foudroyante, Rembrandt Bugatti, sculpteur, répertoire monographique, Paris, 2016, pp. 310-311, n. 156

Catalogue Note


The Athlète debout was created by Rembrandt Bugatti circa 1906 for the inaugural Contest of Olympic Arts. Only three casts seem to have been made, one for the Olympic Committee, one for Doctor René Bruyère, who introduced the sculptor to Pierre de Coubertin, president of the Olympic Committee, and the last one for the Galerie Hébrard.
Two casts are known today : our lot, acquired by the Olympic Committe, numbered (2), and the one given to René Bruyère, numbered (1). Surprisingly for Bugatti's work, there is a small difference between these two casts. Doctor Bruyère's athlete bears a thin moustache that isn't on our piece. It seems that Hébrard, whose great relationship with Rembrandt brought him to fully understand the work of the sculptor, intervened very rarely during the casting to create minute variations. Only the cire perdue technique, mastered by Hébrard, could allow this game of differences.

We would like to thank Mrs Véronique Fromanger for her assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.

Three bronze casts of this model are known to exist.
This lot is sold with a certificate from Mrs Véronique Fromanger.

Ginette et Alain Lesieutre, Collection Privée

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