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Eyvind Earle (attributed) Sleeping Beauty Pan Production Background (Walt Disney, 1959)....

2013 November 20 & 24 Animation Art Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #7086

 
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Auction Ended On: Nov 20, 2013
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Location: Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills
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Eyvind Earle (attributed) Sleeping Beauty Pan Production Background (Walt Disney, 1959). In the book The Archive Series -- Layout and Background John Lasseter writes "One of the things Walt Disney did so well was take an audience in to the world of story. Watch any Disney movie, and you'll immediately be carried away to another time and another place. In the animated film, the backgrounds and layouts are what create these worlds." This is a breathtaking gouache and watercolor pan background painting, measuring 12" x 40" of a detailed medieval staircase located within Maleficent's castle. It is attributed to Mr. Eyvind Earle, the color stylist and chief background painter for Sleeping Beauty. The majority of every background was hand-painted by Eyvind Earle himself. Where a normal background painter can do one background a day, Earle painstakingly took seven to ten days to complete just one. Sleeping Beauty took almost ten years to make and was the first animated feature to be filmed in Techniram Widescreen. It was Disney's 16th feature film, released on January 29, 1959. Mr. Earle's paintings hang in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other Fine Art museums, and this magnificently detailed piece would fit right in; it is simply breathtaking. Fine condition, matted and framed with glass for an overall size of 45.75" x 17.25".

Earle, Eyvind:Eyvind Earle was born in Manhattan, New York, April 26,1916, and died in Carmel, California, July 20, 2000, age 84. Eyvind Earle is best known for his work for Walt Disney, which included designing and painting backgrounds for Sleeping Beauty, part of Lady and the Tramp, and other films. His artistic career included drawings, paintings in watercolor, oil, and other media, many different forms of printmaking, greeting cards, sculpture, animation, film, poetry, autobiography and other writing. His art is popular in the US and even more popular in Japan. Eyvind’s father did not allow him to play with other children and instead challenged him, at 10 years old, to either read 50 pages of a book or do a painting every day. Eyvind did both. At 14 he had his first one man art show in France. At 21 he bicycled from Hollywood, to New York, painting and selling 42 watercolors to support himself and writing a 10,000 word diary along the way. He had numerous one man shows in many art galleries, and his work hangs in museums and in many personal collections. Earle's early work was realistic, but by the time he was 21, he had developed his own style, simple, strong stylized but recognizable forms and fantastic landscapes. His skilled use of light and dark, intense color and elegant drawing continues to influence artists today. His art is not merely decorative, although there are decorative elements; the work is strong, and the use of line and color convey mood and emotion.. American painter and illustrator, 1916-2000

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