Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Swiss Sojourn

Ralph Hulett Swiss painting
© by the Estate Of Ralph Hulett. Click on the thumbnail to see a full-sized image.

In 1956, Disney background artist Ralph Hulett took a leave of absence from the studio, leased his newly-built house, and packed his family off to Europe for a year to paint...and paint...and paint.

He returned to California in mid 1957 and plunged into production work for Sleeping Beauty.

The specimen above is a mountain village scene, created in Switzerland. Dad painted all over Europe in 1956 and 1957, but for several months he was headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, and moved around the country painting scenes that grabbed him.

This particular painting has always grabbed me, so I put it up here. (I shot the original through glass, so there is a teensy bit of reflection, for which apologies.)


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