An Eyvind Earle concept painting from Sleeping Beauty

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Lot 1395
An Eyvind Earle concept painting from Sleeping Beauty

US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£ 12,000 - 16,000
An Eyvind Earle concept painting from Sleeping Beauty
Walt Disney Studios, 1959. Watercolor on illustration board, signed lower right ("Eyvind Earle"), matted and framed. Depicts a panoramic view of the forest with the castle looming in the near distance. The Disney Studio hired Eyvind Earle in 1951, and within two years, he became the color stylist and inspirational artist for Sleeping Beauty. At a production cost of $6 million, Sleeping Beauty was the most expensive animated feature film ever made up to that time. During the story and character development, Walt Disney insisted on many sketches and concept drawings. Earle's artistic style derived from medieval tapestries based on paintings by Durer and Brueghel. Many of the artists working on this film thought Earle's style was a bit austere, but Disney thought otherwise. Earle's eye for color and concepts earned him the assignment of coordinating the look and color of the final film.
Overall: 16 x 29.25 x 1.25 in.; within mat: 8.5 x 22 in.
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