Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts at the Wallace Collection (Paperback)

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Accompanying an exhibition at the Wallace Collection, Inspiring Walt Disney explores the influences of the art and architecture of France on Walt Disney and his studio artists, highlighting in particular the Disney classics of hand-drawn animation, Cinderella (1950) and Beauty and the Beast (1991).

Pairing preparatory material from these films – including concept art for talking furniture and fairy-tale castles – with masterpieces from the eighteenth century reveals hidden sources of inspiration and allows us to appreciate the extraordinary talents behind Disney animated films and French decorative arts. Just as the dynamic, twisting movements of the Rococo sought to breathe life into what was essentially inanimate – silver, porcelain, furniture – so too did Disney animators seek to create the illusion of movement, action and emotion.

Illustrated with innovative works by artists such as Mary Blair, Hans Bacher and Peter J. Hall, and the animated and anthropomorphic furniture, Sèvres porcelain and gilt bronze of rococo designers, the catalogue explores the shared creative roots of these two seemingly disparate artistic realms and looks to revitalise the feelings of excitement, awe and marvel, which both eighteenth-century craftsmen and Disney animators sought to spark in their audiences.

About the Author

Helen Jacobsen is Executive Director of The Attingham Trust and former Senior Curator and Curator of French eighteenth-century decorative arts at the Wallace Collection. She has curated exhibitions and published on French decorative arts and collecting history.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781781301180
ISBN-10: 1781301182
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Pages: 112
Language: English