Tyrus Wong: American Masters

Tyrus Wong: American Masters

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:00pm - 10:30pm

People worldwide have seen the Disney animated classic Bambi and been deeply moved by it, but few can tell you the name of the artist behind the film. Watch the premiere of Tyrus Wong: American Masters on WXXI-TV 21.1 on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 9 p.m. Even fewer are aware of this pioneering artist’s impact on American art and popular culture. Until his death at the age of 106, Tyrus Wong (1910-2016) was America’s oldest living Chinese American artist and one of the last remaining artists from the golden age of Disney animation. The quiet beauty of his Eastern-influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney, who made Wong the inspirational sketch artist for Bambi.

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