By Erin Hamer
Presented in collaboration with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Wallace Collection’s latest exhibition is the perfect day out for Disney fans, art lovers and enthusiasts of the eighteenth century alike.
Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts draws links between eighteenth-century French paintings, furniture, and ornaments (for instance Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s 1767 masterpiece The Swing), and sketches drawn for twentieth-century American animated films, namely Cinderella (1950) and Beauty and the Beast (1991). The exhibition demonstrates that despite the seeming modernity of Disney’s animations, these adaptations nevertheless consciously pay homage to the rococo era in which the original French stories were written. The incredible amount of consideration of French art and culture put into these productions is evident, displayed by the ornate detailing of the architecture, furniture, and costuming featured in the films.
Tickets are £10 for students, and each comes with a free audio guide featuring contributions from people in the industry. Visit the exhibition at the Wallace Collection in London from 6 April 2022 to 16 October 2022.