(Walt Disney Studios, 1959) Original concept storyboard painting featuring Malificent's Throne Room from Sleeping Beauty, showing her purple throne standing out against the ghastly green of the rest of the room. Maleficent is ominously seated in her chair with her goons dancing in the foreground. Signed in the lower right by Earle. Painting, measuring 9.5 x 5, is framed to an overall size of 20 x 15.5. In fine condition. Disney artist Eyvind Earle was Sleeping Beauty's production designer, and Disney gave him a significant amount of freedom in designing the settings and selecting colors for the film. Earle also painted the majority of the backgrounds himself. The elaborate paintings usually took seven to ten days to paint; by contrast, a typical animation background took only one workday to complete. Disney's decision to give Earle so much artistic freedom was not popular among the Disney animators, who had previously exercised some influence over the style of their characters and settings.
Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Animation
#668 - Ended June 14, 2023
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