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Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts

  • Art
  • Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens, San Marino
Disneyland Paris art
Courtesy the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical GardensFrank Armitage, Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant, Disneyland Paris, 1988. Gouache and acrylic on board, 45 x 21 in. (114.3 x 53.3 cm). Walt Disney Imagineering Collection. © Disney.

Time Out says

See how works of 18th-century French decorative arts informed the residents of Beauty and the Beast’s castle and Sleeping Beauty’s enchanting forest at this assembly of Disney-inspiring works.

“Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts” will put about 50 works of European art and design on display at the Huntington from December 10, 2022 through March 27, 2023. Those centuries-old pieces will sit alongside more contemporary, heavily French-inspired production artworks from both Disney movies and theme parks.

The exhibition debuted in New York at the Met—you can see Time Out New York’s in-depth look at the exhibit here—and is currently on tour in London; its arrival in SoCal just so happens to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the locally-based Walt Disney Company.

Highlights include porcelain figures, Rococo candlesticks and castle-like vases displayed alongside the prop book from Sleeping Beauty, Mary Blair’s artwork for Cinderella and Herbert Ryman’s bird’s-eye illustration of Disneyland.

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano


Included in admission ($25–$29)

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