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The Drinking Giraffe (Girafe en train de boire)

Born in Milan, Rembrandt Bugatti was the brother of racing car designer Ettore Bugatti and nephew of the Italian Symbolist painter Giovanni Segantini. His studies and career took him to Paris in 1904 and then to Antwerp in 1907, where he carried on the nineteenth-century tradition of animalier sculpture. His interest in the movements of animals were inspired by his study of the animals in the Antwerp zoo, but also may reflect the influence of Edgar Degas’s sculptural studies of ballerinas in movement.

Rembrandt Bugatti
Italian, 1884‒1916
The Drinking Giraffe (Girafe en train de boire)
16 x 20 ¼ x 23 ¼ in. (40.6 x 51.4 x 59.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Arthur R. Metz Collection; Gift of the Arthur R. Metz Foundation, 94.82