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Inspiring Walt Disney : the animation of French decorative arts

Inspiring Walt Disney : the animation of French decorative arts / Wolf Burchard.
New York : The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2021]
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239 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
"This book is published in conjunction with "Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts," on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from December 6, 2021, through March 6, 2022, The Wallace Collection, London, and The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, 2022." -- Colophon
Pink castles, talking sofas, and a prince transformed into a teapot: what sounds like fantasies from Walt Disney's pioneering animations could first be found in the colorful salons of Rococo Paris. The films produced by Disney Animation Studios represent almost a century of creativity and are deeply rooted in European storytelling and visual traditions. Exploring Walt Disney's fascination with European art and examining the novel use of French motifs in Disney films and theme parks, this publication features 40 works of eighteenth-century European design-from tapestries and furniture to Boulle clocks and Sevres porcelain alongside 150 film stills, drawings, and other works on paper from the Walt Disney Animation Studio Library and Walt Disney Archives. The text connects these seemingly disparate art forms through the artists' shared dedication to craftsmanship while also highlighting references to European art in Disney films, including nods to Gothic Revival architecture in Cinderella (1950); bejeweled, medieval manuscripts in Sleeping Beauty (1959); and Rococo-inspired furnishings and objects brought to life in Beauty and the Beast (1991). This book bridges fact and fantasy by drawing remarkable new parallels between Disney's magical creations and their artistic models.
Added to Catalog
December 07, 2021
Includes bibliographical references (pages 224-230) and index
Exhibition catalogs.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), host institution.
Wallace Collection (London, England), host institution.
Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, host institution.

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