Inspiring Walt Disney The Animation of French Decorative Arts - Catalogue from the Metropolitain Museum of Art
"Pink castles, talking sofas, and a prince turned into a teapot: what sounds like the fantasies of American dream maker Walt Disney were in fact the pigments of Rococo Paris."
Associate Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Wolf Burchard brings together a stunning volume whereby the reader is able to learn how Walt Disney and the Disney studios wove the aesthics of French decorative arts into the fairy-take worlds of beloved animated films.
Exploring the novel use of French motifs in Disney films and theme parks, this publication features 40 works of 18th-century European design—from tapestries and furniture to Boulle clocks and Sèvres porcelain—alongside 150 Disney film stills, drawings, and other works on paper. The text connects these art forms through a shared dedication to craftsmanship and highlights 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). Bridging fact and fantasy, this book draws remarkable new parallels between Disney's magical creations and their artistic inspirations.