This painting depicts a pivotal scene from Disney’s live-action movie, Cinderella, when Ella meets “The Prince” for the first time. They chance upon each other in the forest as The Prince is on a stag hunt and Ella is on a ride of her own, escaping the distress caused by her stepsisters. This image portrays the instant chemistry between the two. While he doesn’t know her name, and she doesn’t know he is royalty, their hearts know immediately that they have found someone special, and hope to meet each other again.
The story of “Cinderella” is a timeless and universal tale of romance and self-discovery. It explores the importance of inner beauty in the assessment of personal worth and proclaims the power of true love to overcome all obstacles no matter how large and daunting they may seem. The folklore of the hidden princess magically discovered by her true prince has been told for hundreds of years in countries throughout the world as geographically and culturally diverse as Malaysia and Germany. The beauty of the fable and the importance of its message have also made it a constant in the list of favorite stories told and enjoyed by those spinning yarns in our own country. To be sure, Thom loved the original “Cinderella” as much as any and would speak of it fondly when reminiscing of story-times spent with his own beautiful daughters. Their laughter and delight at his telling would shine in his own eyes as he reveled in their obvious enchantment.
We at the Thomas Kinkade Studios are excited to continue in this storytelling tradition, bringing to life the latest Disney retelling of this classic story in the form of four paintings; each capturing in oil the joy of first love, the wonderment of fairy magic and the excitement of romantic adventure. Whether you are enjoying the encounter with the dashing stranger in the woods, the depiction of Cinderella’s enchanted transformation, her flight from discovery at the King’s ball or her time in love with the prince of her dreams, all of these masterworks in color and light will dazzle your eye and speak to your heart. It is our hope that this latest interpretation of “Cinderella” be a gift not only to all “princesses” but also to all those who love them.