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Friday, April 22, 2011

Auction (VI) - Gustaf Tenggren

TenggrenGustaf Tenggren -
Was he right or left-handed?
    << Image from auction catalog, and seen elsewhere on the web. >>
Gustaf Adolf Tenggren (1896-1970) is a legend not only in Disney lore, but in children's book illustration, as well. Aged 22 he took over the Swedish series Blandt Tomtar Och Troll after the famous John Bauer who died in a Swedish lake in a storm in 1918.

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.

Tenggren(Item #394)
[Sold for $70,800!]
The first inspirational painting up for auction that I show here, is very much of the type that Tenggren is most well known for: a colorful rendition of how a sequence in Pinocchio might look. Pinocchio, as a real puppet with donkey ears and mitten hands (very typical Tenggren), under water asking the way to Monstro the Whale where he will find his "father" Geppetto.

Tenggren(Item #400)[Did not sell!]
The second Tenggren item up for auction is more eclectic. It is a layout for the opening scene that transports us from the "Wishing Star" to Geppetto's house. Pencil on punched animation paper, with highlights in white paint and signed by the artist himself. Also note the pan indications for camera!

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).

TenggrenTenggren<< Click on them!

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!

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Blogger Steven Hartley says...

This looks interesting - I thought that the sequence with the layout was Hugh Hennesy not Ken O'Connor. He does the Fox and the Cat stuff, at least according to the draft.

BTW, I seem to notice some editing on the blog with a caption at the top with the 11 draft features and 90 short drafts, and the donate link.

Friday, April 22, 2011 at 10:32:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Hans Perk says...

Can't put anything past you, eh, Steven? ;-)

Friday, April 22, 2011 at 10:36:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Hans Perk says...

Ok, let me answer your comment:

First, true, on the draft it says Layout Hugh Hennesy. I took my cue from Jenny Lerew, who got her info from Ken O'Connor. Who is right? I dunno!

Second: yes, I have been fooling around a bit with the layout of the page. I put the notice in the top, as many people visit my blog only by a deeper link that brings them to some sub-page. Thus, if they do not know what else they can find - they leave again. That is why I put that notice at the top.

Lastly, I added the donate button because I can. Also because I am not made of money, so if someone with cash to spare feels they really learned something and would like to help cover my expenses - why deny them the pleasure? I have previously thought this a bad "cheap" idea, but now I see this used so often, I think it may not hurt, and who knows, maybe it helps. (I do not expect anything from it really, though...)

I will have you know that I paid well over $6,000 out of my own pocket for the materials I have provided for free on my blog so far. Can I then not have the fun of having an orange button on my page?

Friday, April 22, 2011 at 10:50:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Steven Hartley says...

Well, for the "Donate" I haven't got credit card - and I would get into trouble with parents. However, I'm grateful for what you post and that's why I like to comment on it.

On my blog, I don't use it for money - I'd like to share what I want to bring.

It's your blog, and I don't see why not you shouldn't do some small editing. The caption on the top of the layout page is a great idea.

I edited my blog back in December after Christmas Day to arrange the correct time postings because sometimes it was set to Southside times, and I arranged my posts into categoric labels to make it easier. I also added the web hits page, and it's now reached 50'280 hits - last time I checked a while ago.

Friday, April 22, 2011 at 11:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Hans Perk says...

Mind you, Steven, I do not use my blog for money either. Else I would have added ads, as many do.

I just think that it would seem fair to me that e.g. companies who use my blog to find out who animated the scenes that they sell drawings of, and who use this in their advertising, that they at times could "return the favor" so to speak, that's all...

Friday, April 22, 2011 at 11:12:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mike says...

Actually, the catalog download is free. It is a nice pdf file and you can access it at


Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 6:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Hans Perk says...

Mike - yes, I think I established the free downloadability some days ago, I believe. It certainly is a wonderful book, and those who are really into this should buy it as a REAL book from your link!

Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 3:29:00 AM PDT  
Blogger rosscompose says...

Beautiful Tenggren!

Friday, February 5, 2016 at 8:54:00 AM PST  

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