The 2008 Disney film WALL-E became an instant classic with it’s incredible computer animation and tender story of a heroic robot. During the closing credits of the movie, art history buffs were treated to a special surprise, a historical time-line of the world’s art with WALL-E and friends incorporated as the main feature. The credits are a smorgasbord of images from primitive cave paintings to Turner; our favorite being the above Van Gogh.
As we were doing research for all the paintings represented in the credits, we came across other bloggers that were just as enamored as we were. Eternal Sunshine of the Logical Mind does a great side-by-side comparison of the film and the actual artwork while Art of the Title Sequence interviews the creators, Jim Capoblanco and Alex Woo.
Visiting where WALL-E was filmed may be a bit tough but finding the paintings that were its inspiration aren’t. Below are three great spots to soak in Turner, Van Gogh and an off the beaten track location for some amazing cave paintings.
Van Gogh: For a retrospective of the artist’s work that will leave you enlightened and yearning for more, there really is no better place than The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Its collection spans from his early work to the end of his life as well as explores his friendship with Gauguin. To get up-close and personal with Van Gogh in The Netherlands, pick-up a copy of Art + Travel and follow in his footsteps.
Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
1071 CX Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 (0)20 570 52 00
J.M.W. Turner: The National Gallery of London has a dozen paintings by Turner and many more by his contemporaries. There is no better place to appreciate this master of lights work than here in his native city.
The National Gallery London
London WC2N 5
Cave Paintings: Not nearly as famous as the cave paintings at Lascaux or Altamira, but as interesting without the crowds and without having to see as replica wall as in Altamira, La Ermita de San Tirso y San Bernabé and it’s connecting primitive caves, Ojo Guareña, are a quick and fascinating stop as you explore the mountains of Northern Spain.
Leon, CL, Spain