Earle's portrayal of Sleeping Beauty's powerful archvillainess
(Walt Disney Studios, 1959) Terrific original concept storyboard painting by Eyvind Earle for Sleeping Beauty, portraying the powerful sorceress Maleficent atop a castle tower as she prepares to transform into a gigantic dragon. In true Earle form, the scene is expertly realized to portray the sorceress against a huge growing cloud, her green scepter raised to the sky as she conjures her dark magic prior to the film’s exciting finale. Accomplished in gouache on 12 x 6 artist's board, with Earle signing in pink paint in the lower right corner. In fine condition, with tack holes to corners. 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, and his stylistic influence is readily apparent in the final product. A sensationally eerie depiction of the ‘Mistress of All Evil.’
Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
#608 - Ended May 12, 2021
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