Thursday, November 29, 2012

The object of the day: Disney Studio, The concept painting for Pinocchio film, 1940

An original concept painting by Gustaf Tenggren of Pinocchio trapped in the birdcage with the shadows of other marionettes hanging by their strings, black ink and watercolour on heavyweight paper, inscribed Pinocchio to upper left corner in watercolour in an unknown hard; accompanied by the document concerning the provenance.

Dimensions: 25 x 34 cm
Estimated price: GBP 35,000 - 45,000

Gustaf Tenggren was one of several European artists hired by Disney in the 1930s to provide inspiration sketches for his feature films and heavily influenced the style of early Disney's films. Although he left Disney Studios early on, Tenggren produced several preparatory sketches for Pinocchio.  These works, which were used to produce a general atmosphere to the film, brought a macabre North European feel to the film's imagery.

The painting is the part of Pop Culture: Entertainment Memorabilia at Christie's
Thursday 29 November 2012
85 Old Brompton Road, London
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