Inspiring Walt Disney : The Animation of French Decorative Arts

The Animation of French Decorative Arts

“Time Out,” says

“The Animation of French Decorative Arts,” In this collection of Disney-inspired artworks, you can see how pieces of 18th-century French ornamental art influenced the inhabitants of the castle of Beauty. And the Beast and the magical woodland from Sleeping Beauty.

About 50 pieces of European art and design will be on display at the Huntington from December 10, 2022, to March 27, 2023, as part of the exhibition “Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts.” These ancient paintings will coexist with more modern, largely French-inspired production artworks from Disney theme parks and movies.

The exhibition had its debut at the Met in New York and is presently on tour in London; it just so happens that its arrival in Southern California falls on the 100th anniversary of the region’s Walt Disney Company (you can read Time Out New York’s in-depth review of the exhibit here).

Highlights include the Sleeping Beauty prop book, Cinderella artwork by Mary Blair, and Disneyland as seen from above by Herbert Ryman, along with porcelain figurines, Rococo candlesticks, and castle-like vases.

Details The Animation of French Decorative Arts

Event website:
Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino
Included in admission ($25–$29)

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