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Eyvind Earle (American, 1916-2000), Maleficient, study for Disney's "Sleeping Beauty", ca. 1950s, gouache, signed

Eyvind Earle (American, 1916-2000), Maleficient, study for Disney's "Sleeping Beauty", ca. 1950s, gouache, signed

Item Description:

Signed lower right "Eyvind Earle", Maleficent and Goons in her Throne Room, a study for the Walt Disney produced animated film "Sleeping Beauty" (1959), matted and framed.


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Purchased by the current owner from Harry Kleiman at Collector's Paradise Gallery, Studio City, California, in September 2009. Per Kleiman, this was among the works that Earle brought with him when he left Disney Studios.


Height 5 in. x Width 9.5 in. (sight)

Height 15.5 in. x Width 20 in. (frame)

About The Artist:

Eyvind Earle traveled the world extensively as a youth and received his first solo show in Ascain, France, when he was just fourteen years old. By twenty-three, the artist had a sold out exhibition of his paintings in New York City, from which the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased a watercolor for their permanent collection. In 1951, Earle was hired as an assistant background painter at Walt Disney Studios. He created the look of the animated short film \"Whistle, Plunk and Boom" (1953), which won Disney an Academy Award and an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

During his decade at Disney, Earle painted the settings for many animated films, notably \"Peter Pan" (1953), \"Paul Bunyan" (1958), and \"Lady and the Tramp\"(1959). Earle was the Production Designer, Color Stylist, and Background Painter for the classic animated film "Sleeping Beauty\" (1959), responsible for the magical, medieval feel of the film. He also painted five murals at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, including the dioramas for Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

In 1961, Earle left Disney to establish his own animation company. During this time, United Artists hired him to create the animated trailer for the film \"West Side Story" (1961). Earle decided to return to painting full time in 1966.

The artist worked in a variety of different media during his long career, including watercolor, oil paint, sculpture, drawing, scratchboard, and silkscreens. The artist also worked on animated television commercials and specials, including \"The Story of Christmas\" (1963), a special created for Tennessee Ernie Ford. Earle was commissioned to create illustrations for several major American companies and publications during his career, including Reader's Digest, the AT&T phone books, the Chrysler Corporation, and the Kellogg Cereal Company.

Earle's singularly distinct mature style has been described as mysterious, primitive, disciplined, moody, and nostalgic. His landscapes show his skill at depicting the American countryside in a completely new manner; they are grand and brooding, yet delicate and simple.

"For 70 years," Earle wrote in 1996, "I've painted paintings, and I'm constantly and everlastingly overwhelmed at the stupendous infinity of Nature. Wherever I turn and look, there I see creation. Art is creating. Art is the search for truth." The artist received the Windsor McCay Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Animated Film Society in 1998. He passed away at the age of 84.

In the process of creating and finalizing the designs for an animated feature-length film, such as "Sleeping Beauty", the artists painted thousands of sketches in gouache. Most were discarded, and many were thrown away as trash; however, sometimes a curious janitor would save them from the landfill and they would find their way into a private collection. Earle saved quite a few of these little designs, now an important part of American cinematic history, for his own collection, bringing them with him when he left Walt Disney Studios. This work is a design for the final look of the evil fairy Maleficent and her band of Goons as depicted in "Sleeping Beauty."


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Eyvind Earle (American, 1916-2000), Maleficient, study for Disney's "Sleeping Beauty", ca. 1950s, gouache, signed

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