Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pop focus: Disney artist Mary Blair

Disney wouldn't be Disney without Mary Blair.

As an artist and designer, Blair worked on numerous animated features designing characters and creating backgrounds, and the "It's a Small World" attraction at Disneyland is her artistic style come to life.

Her husband, Lee, was also an artist for the studio.

Some of the Disney films Blair worked on include "Peter Pan," "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Song of the South," along with the animated package films "Saludos Amigos" and "The Three Caballeros."

Blair left Disney in the early 1950 and designed advertising for Nabisco, Maxwell House, Meadow Gold and others, and did artwork for several beloved Golden Books.

At Walt Disney's request, she returned to design art for the "It's a Small World" ride and she also created mural art for Disneyland's Tomorrow Land.

You'll recognize many of her works, and distinctive style, in the images below.


















































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