The Sladmore Gallery is delighted to announce that a selection of sculptures by Rembrandt Bugatti have been chosen by New Vessel Press to illustrate each chapter of â€˜The Animal Gazerâ€™ by Edgardo Franzosini, a novel inspired by the life of this enigmatic sculptor. To coincide with the book launch at the Taylor Graham gallery we will be exhibiting ten sculptures, including several featured in the book, from January 30th to February 3rd, 2018. For further details please email:
A hypnotic novel inspired by the strange and fascinating life of sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti, brother of the fabled automaker. With World War One closing in and the Belle Ã‰poque teetering to a close, Bugatti leaves his native Milan for Paris, where he encounters Rodin and casts his bronzes at the same foundry used by the French master. In Paris and then Antwerp, Bugatti obsessively observes and sculpts the baboons, giraffes and panthers in the municipal zoos, finding empathy with their plight, identifying with their life in captivity. As the Germans drop bombs over the Belgian city, the zoo authorities are forced to make a heart-wrenching decision about the fate of the caged animals, and Bugatti is stricken with grief from which heâ€™ll never recover. Rembrandt Bugattiâ€™s work, now being rediscovered, is displayed in major art museums around the world and is highly valued today. Edgardo Franzosini recreates the young artistâ€™s life with intense lyricism, passion and sensitivity.
To order a hardcopy of the book or download the e-book version, please follow this link http://newvesselpress.com/books/the-animal-gazer
Our collaboration with New Vessel Press is kindly being hosted by the Taylor Graham, for directions and information please follow this link.