Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts (Hardcover)

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Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts (Hardcover)


How Walt Disney and the Disney Studios wove the aesthetics of French decorative arts into the fairy-tale worlds of beloved animated films, from Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast and beyond  

Pink castles, talking sofas, and objects coming to life: what may sound like the fantasies of Hollywood dream-maker Walt Disney were in fact the figments of the colorful salons of Rococo Paris. Exploring the novel use of French motifs in Disney films and theme parks, this publication features forty works of eighteenth-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.

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

Exhibition Schedule:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(December 10, 2021–March 6, 2022)

Wallace Collection, London
(April 6–October 16, 2022)

Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA
(December 10, 2022–March 27, 2023)
Wolf Burchard is associate curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Product Details ISBN: 9781588397416
ISBN-10: 1588397416
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication Date: December 7th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English
"Burchard is mightily clever, spinning lots of conjectures into a persuasive whole."—Brian T. Allen, The National Review

"A sumptuously illustrated hardcover catalog . . . for that hard-to-shop-for person who seems to have everything, as this is quite unique."—William Newton, The Federalist

"[A] fresh perspective on the whimsical worlds of Disney classics with this dive into decorative arts."—Animation Magazine