I mentioned my thoughts about Hans Bacher's Dreamworlds last week. Christian Renaut sent me the following note about that book:
[I totally subscribe to your admiration for Hans Bacher's work and his book is definitely a must. I had had the privilege to have a look at a big collection of his preliminary inspirational sketches and paintings. I had then the idea to publish a book about his work because I couldn't resign myself to think such masterpieces couldn't be seen by more people. I have always thought that the best work about "Beauty and the Beast" or "Aladdin" or even "Mulan" was his, long before the features were carried out.
Hans Bacher is a clever, tactful and dedicated draftsman, who knows everything about colour and style. He may highlight his masters and role models' work like Cy Young's, Hans is clearly on a par with them, but he is too humble to even venture to think so himself.
I will always remember the moment I could look at all these paintings, although they were (good) xeroxes and do wish I had been able to write that book about him.
But a highlight was also meeting him just as Mulan was coming out in the USA. I understand why Andreas Deja gets along so well with him, and their German childhoods don't explain everything: they both have such subtlety, finesse.
Well, wherever he is now, I'd like to tell Hans I'm so glad he did this book and now his work is available for anyone to marvel at.]