WorldofMaryBlair.com Offers Limited Editions By Mary Blair, Acclaimed Disney Cartoon and Animation Artist; Special Christmas Offer Provides Two Mary Blair Items for Price of One

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Limited-editions of artwork by the late Mary Blair, the artist and illustrator world-renowned as Disney’s most-loved cartoon and animation artist and the subject of the best-selling new book “The Art & Flair of Mary Blair” (John Canemaker, Disney Press, 2003), are now available for sale exclusively on the Web at http://www.WorldofMaryBlair.com. Gleaned from the personal collection of the family of Mary Blair, most of the artworks have never been publicly seen. Blair, who died in 1978, is noted for an abstract colorful style that pervades Disney animated films from 1943 to 1953 (such as THE THREE CABALLEROS, CINDERELLA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and PETER PAN), children's books (I CAN FLY, which was considered a favorite book of Caroline Kennedy), advertisements, theatrical set designs, and large-scale theme park murals and attractions, such as Disney’s popular IT’S A SMALL WORLD. As the subject of Canemaker’s recent book, her unique look and style have been praised in such diverse media outlets as Daily Variety and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Limited-editions of artwork by the late Mary Blair, the artist and illustrator world-renowned as Disney’s most-loved cartoon and animation artist and the subject of the best-selling new book “The Art & Flair of Mary Blair” (John Canemaker, Disney Press, 2003), are now available for sale exclusively on the Web at http://www.WorldofMaryBlair.com.

Gleaned from the personal collection of the family of Mary Blair, most of the artworks have never been publicly seen. The vibrant colors and stylized designs of Mary Blair have influenced modern animators who develop fare for The Cartoon Network and Disney Channel, and have received great acclaim from such noted animation art authorities as movie historian Leonard Maltin and Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter. As the subject of Canemaker’s recent book, her unique look and style have been praised in such diverse media outlets as Daily Variety and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Blair, who died in 1978, is noted for an abstract colorful style that pervades Disney animated films from 1943 to 1953 (such as THE THREE CABALLEROS, CINDERELLA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and PETER PAN). A prolific artist, during the 1950s and 60s, she brought eye-appealing flair to children's books (I CAN FLY, which was considered a favorite book of Caroline Kennedy), advertisements, theatrical set designs, and large-scale theme park murals and attractions.

Blair was one of Walt Disney's favorite artists; he personally responded to her use of color, naïve graphics, and the storytelling aspect in her pictures, especially the underlying emotions palpable in much of her art. In respect for her unique work, she was handpicked to design the perennially-popular ‘It’s a Small World’ attraction, now featured at Disney amusement parks around the world.

“She saw the world in a fresh, new way and brought a special childlike beauty and gaiety to the worlds of print, theme parks and movies,” says John Canemaker, author of the recent book. “I feel great pleasure merely gazing at a work by Mary Blair. It's as delicious as feasting on rainbows.”

ARTWORKS ON SALE FOR FIRST TIME

Works for sale at WorldofMaryBlair.com range from a study based on the Sleeping Beauty film, which Blair had gifted to a favorite nephew, to the irreverent Poker Bears, where a group of teddy bears are discovered playing the card game.

Each print is one of a limited series of 275 (exception is Sleeping Beauty, which is produced in a limited series of 500). Prints are reproduced using the giclée printing process, which render deep saturated colors and maintain the beautiful painterly quality of the original art. In many cases, the giclée print may be indistinguishable from the original work. WorldofMaryBlair.com uses long-lasting fade resistant inks printed on fine art archival paper that underscore the richness and vivid colors of Mary Blair’s work.

Each work is certified by the Estate of Mary Blair as an original Mary Blair work of art or reproduction of an original work of art. Each item is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Mary’s son, Kevin Blair. Whenever possible, history or provenance of the artwork is provided.

For orders placed before December 25, 2003, each WorldofMaryBlair.com item will include a special half-size Mary Blair Christmas giclée print that has been specially-produced for the 2003 Christmas season.

For information on how to buy a Mary Blair giclée print, please visit http://www.WorldofMaryBlair.com or call +1-408-736-7117.

Mary Blair images are also available for licensing; if interested, please contact Maggie Rich at +1-626-379-7755.

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Poker BearsPoker BearsThis unique piece from the late 1960's is a combination of gouache and collage. Mary created it especially to hang in the Blair dining room where family holiday gatherings would usually include a game of Poker after dinner (a little known Mary Blair passion). Mary's husband, Lee, photographed an actual deck of cards which Mary then cut out and pasted onto the artwork....in true Mary Blair style.Juice GirlJuice GirlThis Mary Blair work is a delight: light, child-like and a bit "out of the box".GiraffesGiraffesOriginal painting, gouache on art board, was created in the early 1960's by Mary for her sister Peggy and brother-in-law Frank, to accent the color scheme of orange and yellow in the Richardson's new home. Mary's paintbrush extended into the surrounding mat board with a textured design and ended with a coat of bright orange paint on the surrounding wooden frame. A companion ELEPHANTS piece is also available. JEANNE: First Mary Blair Collectible DollJEANNE: First Mary Blair Collectible DollThe very first Limited Edition Mary Blair Doll ™, "Jeanne", named after Mary's niece. The doll was created by Mary's other niece, Maggie, who also grew up knowing and loving Mary and cherishing her own painting of a "Mary Blair child" which hung on her bedroom wall. This is not meant to be a toy; instead, it is a small work of art designed as a tribute to one of Mary's greatest gifts -- her unique ability to illustrate the pure, innocent and simple joys of childhood, especially during the 1950's. The typical "Mary Blair child" is moon faced and smiling with uniquely rounded legs that often dangle casually in mid-air, giving the illusion of happily floating, skipping, hopping or gliding above the ground.