Auction (VI) - Gustaf Tenggren
|Gustaf Tenggren -|
Was he right or left-handed?
<< Image from auction catalog, and
...as seen elsewhere on the web. >>
Tenggren moved to the US after a successful exhibition of his works in 1920, never to return to Sweden again, and in 1936 was hired by Walt Disney to make inspirational works for his feature films beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, followed by Pinocchio, as well as several short films. He left Disney in 1940 and would never paint in the Rackham-Bauer inspired style again: from 1942 to 1962 he made a name illustrating many Little Golden Books.
[Sold for $70,800!]
|(Item #400)[Did not sell!]|
A famous scene, but in an early stage, not designed as a Multiplane shot. The final version actually has a longer, rather more intricate pan, which distorts perspective even more and gets away from the muddle of rooftops before getting to Geppetto's street where it can zoom in on his house from Jiminy Cricket's low, hopping point of view. (For the final version, see halfway down this page).
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Yet, we HAVE seen a final rendering of the above pencil sketch - I just found one here, which I blatantly copied for my example, on the left - which I believe (but cannot right now verify, I will check) was used as illustration for a Pinocchio book. How this fits with the pencil drawing up for auction you can see in the image on the right: except for adding a bit on the bottom, and the position of the baby hanging from the stork's beak on the weather vane, it fits pretty darn well!
I noticed that the color illustration was probably lifted from one of Hans Bacher's great blogs. Here, you'll also find a good image of the final pan background, as laid out by Ken O'Connor. It seems all the non-auction images I show here ultimately originate from John Canemaker's great book "Before the Animation Begins," and the photo of Tenggren is from there, as well - left handed!
(Remember to click on the images for a version in a better resolution than the ones in the auction catalog!)
IMPORTANT: the artwork that is for sale in the upcoming auction will be on display in the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California, from May 2nd through the 13th!
If I sound like an ad for Van Eaton Galleries, please note that I have no affiliation with them whatsoever - except that I have bought some incredible things from Mike, and I want to help get the word out on this auction, as there is some incredible stuff in there!