Books We Love Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By John Cane­maker [Walt Dis­ney Fam­ily Foun­da­tion Press, $40]

Iconic Dis­ney artist Mary Blair (1911-1978) is one of the most no­table il­lus­tra­tors of the 20th century, not to men­tion a hero of women in an­i­ma­tion. With this new collection of his­toric pho­tos and lush reprints of Blair’s de­signs (which helped shape the look of Alice in Won­der­land, Cin­derella and Peter Pan), award-win­ning an­i­ma­tor John Cane­maker cel­e­brates the artist’s whim­si­cal, en­er­getic work.

As­sem­bled to com­ple­ment this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion at The Walt Dis­ney Fam­ily Mu­seum in San Fran­cisco, the 172-page vol­ume of­fers a glimpse at the evo­lu­tion of Blair’s dis­tinc­tive style, from her stu­dent paint­ings cre­ated at the Chouinard Art In­sti­tute, to her work for Dis­ney and the Lit­tle Golden Books, to rarely seen ad­ver­tise­ments, fash­ion de­signs and in­stal­la­tions she cre­ated later in life. Magic is a fine ad­den­dum to The Art and Flair of Mary Blair and a worth­while vol­ume in its own right.

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