The Animation of French Decorative Arts, presented by Wolf Burchard via New Canaan Library Webinar

In what would seem an unlikely pairing, the sophisticated aesthetic of French decorative arts and Walt Disney animation instead come together to create a delightful, if not surprising, marriage.

The New Canaan Library welcomes Wolf Burchard, associate curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to talk about his bookInspiring Walt Disney: the animation of French decorative arts and the current exhibit at the MET. The live webinar takes place on Tuesday, February 22 at 7:00 PM EST; please register on for Zoom login information.

In his book and through this lecture, Burchard explains how and why Walt Disney and Disney Studios weaved the aesthetics of French decorative arts into the fairytale worlds of beloved animated films, from Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast. and beyond, drawing surprising parallels. between Disney’s magical creations and their artistic inspirations. The visual and fantastical features of Disney’s popular animated films – from pink castles and talking couches to inanimate objects that come to life – were actually the fruit of the colorful salons of Rococo Paris.

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