Story of a Passion - Walt Disney and the France of the 1700s

Story of a Passion - Walt Disney and the France of the 1700s
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What do Walt Disney and the 1700s-painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard have in common? Much more than you’d think - to discover exactly what, just compare the famed painting The Swing with some scenes from Rapunzel and The Beauty and the Beast. The truth is that the master of animation was crazy about France, its culture and the fantastical lightness of the Rococò, endless source of inspiration for his film fables. At the Wallace Collection, a large exhibition, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of New York, explores, for the first time, the ties between Disney and the French artistic tradition for an experience full of surprises. One-hundred-and-twenty original drawings from iconic cartoons dialogue with furnishings, silver and porcelain from the 1700s, revealling the origins of fortunate creations, such as the castle of Cinderella or Tockins, the animated clock that the Beauty meets in the home of the Beast. Despite the centuries that separate them, the artists of the Rococò and the professional cartoonists are united by a common desire - give life, character and charm to inanimate objects.

Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London