While they still produce memorable animations each year, Disney has lost more and more veneers over the years, showing the face of their cool company. But certainly, there was a time when the company was seen only as a provider of magic and miracles, creating entertainment for the whole family in the form of princesses and famous mice. And during this legendary era of Disney, the cultural sources they plunged into for inspiration flowed deeply. And the Metropolitan Museum of Art pays homage to a particular flow of influence in its new exhibition, Inspiring Walt Disney: Animation of French Decorative Arts.
“Inspirational Walt Disney” will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until March 6th, digging deeper into the European visual style found in classic Disney works such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. I am. It’s easy to understand the general aesthetics crafted in these iconic cinematic settings, but for labor-intensive animated media, and in such early stages of form in these works. The pure details incorporated are really a feat.
This is the first time Walt Disney’s work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but it’s a bit surprising in itself. The exhibition includes 60 different works of 18th-century European decorative arts and 150 drawings and frames from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, and viewers will see these cultural staples and their essence. Straddles cells and sketches.
Perhaps the most obvious and most completely extravagant style throughout Walt Disney’s repertoire is the Rococo inspiration for the setting of beauty and the beast, the beast’s luxurious French mansion and ornately crafted furniture walls. The curves and gold plating of the theater are in the front and center, as it is the character itself, which has spent a lot of time in. If so, it makes sense that it is a strong focus of “Inspirational Walt Disney” and that works pointing to Gothic Revival architecture and medieval design are also on display.
Exhibition curator Wolf Virtualard explored the source of his inspiration for the first exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, dedicated to the work of Walt Disney and his studio, in his studio. It was important to recognize the animated interpretations of Europe. Fairy tales have become the lens for many to see today’s Western art and culture. Drawings and illustrations by the most talented artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios. The fresh look of this material, which encourages an enthusiastic dialogue between the finest 18th century furniture and the rich array of porcelain, brings humor to life. Originality and ingenuity.”
Animation has long been accepted into the world of art, but the average person may consider it a lower class piece. The great effort and detail involved in animation in the mid-20th century is loving, and it is always inspiring to see how art history is woven into these expressions. “Inspiring Walt Disney” provides insights into the process of one of the media’s most prolific western creators, reminding us of how rich the culture exists in its old VHS beauties and beasts.