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The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Ap­pre­ci­a­tion (Up­dated Edi­tion)

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By John Cane­maker and Mary Blair [Dis­ney Edi­tions, $45, avail­able May]

You’ll find few an­i­ma­tors and artists who are not in awe of tal­ented Dis­ney artist and il­lus­tra­tor Mary Blair, who was be­hind the look of Cin­derella, Peter Pan and Alice in Won­der­land, as well as the “It’s a Small World” at­trac­tion for the 1964 World Fair and sev­eral clas­sic chil­dren’s Golden Books. This spring, die-hard Blair fans will make the trek to San Fran­cisco’s Walt Dis­ney Fam­ily Mu­seum for a top-notch exhibit of her work, cu­rated by this book’s au­thor and Os­car-win­ning an­i­ma­tor and teacher John Cane­maker. This bi­og­ra­phy traces Blair’s work from her early wa­ter­col­ors through her ad­ver­tis­ing and card de­signs and her work for the stu­dio, and in­cludes painstak­ingly re­pro­duced art from her ca­reer. Of course, see­ing the art­work at the exhibit is hugely rec­om­mended, but buy­ing the new reis­sue of the book is the next best thing to be­ing there!

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