Thursday, August 24, 2017

Walt Disney Explains His Knowledge of Art

By Keith Mahne

One of the most valuable artifacts of Walt Disney that remains today is his voice. At the Walt Disney Family Museum, Walt himself is the narrator, taking you through his life in his own words. In this spirit, let's take a listen to the insights Walt had on his knowledge of art and his feelings about art galleries, as relayed to journalist Pete Martin in an interview from 1956 in today's new article...

(For your listening pleasure, be sure to pause the Disney Avenue Music Player at the top, left-hand corner of the page prior to playing the audio clip below if you are on a desktop computer.)

Walt: Business people come to me and say, "Well, Walt, you must know a lot about art." Well, I don't—I don't know a lot about art and I don't pretend to. And I tell them honestly. They say, "Oh, you're modest." And I say, "Well, alright—but I'm telling you the truth; I don't know anything about art!" I said, "I see things and I like it." But I couldn't tell you the history of the painters—I know a lot of them, know their styles, and when it comes time to do something, I'll get out the old book and I'll look 'em up and say, "I like this guy, who is he?" You know? Oh, it's Goya, or somebody like that, you know, or something.

I don't know—it's never appealed to me. I like art in another way. I think art galleries are wonderful. But I think that's the privilege everybody enjoys—of liking it one way or another.

Source: The Walt Disney Family Museum


Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

You can find all of Keith's articles here.

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