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Tangled

Tangled – The Swing (Jean-Honoré Fragonard)

Inspired By: The Swing (Jean-Honoré Fragonard)

While the finished film moved in a slightly edgier direction (pictoral references on the walls of the production office included The Princess Bride), the original look for Disney’s take on the Rapunzel story was built around this painting by French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Known for his hedonistic themes and chocolate-box cuteness, Fragonard flourished in pre-revolutionary France but was all but forgotten for the century that followed the Terror. It turns out paintings of flowers are instruments of aristocratic oppression, innit. Still, that didn’t stop Disney and its animators using this painting, in particular, to build their Rapunzel story around. The only real difference is that they replaced the swing with some really, really long hair, and dressed their leading man in rather less girly clothing than was popular in France's Ancien Regime.

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1 Nighthawks and The Sting maybe?
When I first saw this picture it reminded me so much of when Hooker (Redford) meets the female assassin posing as a waitress in the cafe. More

Posted by drico on Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:01

2 Rembrandt?
Ah I see. Too close? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:52

3 Rembrandt?
What about Peter Greenaway's 'Nightwatching' based on Rembrandt's painting 'The Night Watch' ? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:51

4 RE:
Clever. Never made that link before :-) More

Posted by DunBirnin on Saturday June 22, 2013, 09:46

5 RE: Lee/Howe
Murray, they were illustrating the same subject matter as the film, so I categorised them with Dali and Spellbound as being too closely involved. More

Posted by Helen OHara on Friday June 21, 2013, 16:35


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