The story of Disney animation constitutes a highly significant chapter in the history of Western art. In collaboration with The Wallace Collection in London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning its first ever exhibition devoted to Walt Disney and the artistic output of his studios. A distinct affinity for European art came to bear in all areas of Walt Disney’s professional life and personal collecting, revealed in his love of illustrated children’s literature, German Romanticism, Tudor architecture, and Victorian interiors. This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue seek to examine in particular the visual and cultural impact of the art and architecture of France on Disney.
The exhibition will draw remarkable comparisons between the striking designs from the Disney Studios and some highly significant decorative works of art from The Met and The Wallace Collection. It will be the first Disney exhibition ever to be held at The Met, from December 6, 2021 – March 6, 202.
Image : Beauty and the Beast, Mel Shaw (American, 1914-2012), Concept Art Pastel on board, 16 1/2 x 23 3/8 in. (41.9 x 59.4 cm) Walt Disney Animation Research Library
Support for Inspiring Walt Disney; The Animation of French Decorative Arts exhibition opening at the end of 2021, which will mark the 30th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast, an 18th-century French fairytale in which decorative works of art come to life.
The Danny and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation
Image: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Les hasards heureux de l’escarpolette (The Swing), c. 1767 – 68, oil on canvas, 81 x 64.2 cm (The Wallace Collection, London) Steven Zucker, Smarthistory co-founder https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/