“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Animated Magic of Mary Blair…

Posted on April 30, 2013 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   The Walt Disney Family Museum is currently presenting an exhibition depicting modern  images of Lewis Carrolls’ Alice in Wonderland. The main focus of the exhibit is the recent  handiwork of Camille Rose Garcia. Adding historical perspective, Alice in Wonderland conceptual paintings by Disney artist Mary Blair from the Museum’s collection. This delight to the visual senses are on display through November 3rd.

MB-drawing-table   Walt Disney’s conceptual artistry for over three decades included the imaginative effort of Mary Blair. Her fine work  influenced Walt’s animated productions and the look and style of his theme parks. Historians have compared her post-modern genius to the iconic art by Lost Generation painters who lived in Paris during the 1920s.  MARY BLAIR ->

   Born in McAlester, Oklahoma, Blair won a scholarship to Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. After graduation in 1933, at the height of the Depression, she took a job in the animation unit at MGM, rather than pursue her dream of a fine arts career. Blair was hired by the Walt Disney Studios in 1940, and assigned a number of projects. In 1941, she joined an expedition that toured Mexico and South America. She painted with watercolors, inspiring Disney to name her art supervisor on The Three Caballeros and on Saludos Amigos. Blair influenced Disney’s postwar productions, such as Song of the South, Alice in Wonderland, Peter PanThe Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and Cinderella.

blair_alice   it's a small world

   In 1964, Walt asked Blair to assist in the design of the It’s a Small World attraction. Over the years, she contributed to the style of many exhibits at the theme parks in California and Florida, including fanciful murals in the Grand Canyon Concourse at Walt Disney World Resort.

   She was credited as the color designer on the 1968 cinematic version of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Mary Blair died in 1978.

   Though her art veers away from naturalism toward abstraction, Blair was one of Disney’s favorite artists. He personally responded to the use of color, naïve graphics, and a storytelling aspect in her pictures. Her bold and ground-breaking color design still inspires many of today’s contemporary designers and animators. She was recognized with a posthumous Disney Legend award in 1991.

300px-The_Walt_Disney_Family_Museum_logo_svg   The vibrant exhibit transcends multiple visions of a legendary literary story, and each artist compliments the other. The Walt Disney Museum is at 104 Montgomery St. at  The Presidio in San Francisco.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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