Mary Blair - American artist, producer of art and animation

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Mary Blair was an American artist who was prominent in producing art and animation for The Walt Disney Company, drawing idea art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella. She also created character designs for enduring attraction such as Disneyland's It's a Small World, the fiesta scene in El Rio del Tiempo in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, and an enormous mosaic inside Disney's Contemporary Resort. some of her illustrate children's books from the 1950s remain in print, such as I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss. She was honored as a Disney Legend in 1991. Mary and Lee Blair together soon began to work in the animation industry, joining the Ub Iwerks studio. Lee goes on to work at the Harman-Ising studios, before eventually joining the Walt Disney studio, where he was joined by his wife in 1940.

She worked briefly on art for Dumbo, an early report of Lady and the Tramp, and a second version of Fantasia which was not released until the late 1990s. Her design of a 90-foot-high mural remainder a focal point of the Disney's Contemporary Resort hotel at Walt Disney World, which was finished for the resort's opening in 1971. While the fine art she created outside of her relationship with Disney and her work as an illustrator is not widely known to the public, Blair's bold and ground-breaking color design still serve as an inspiration to some of today's contemporary designers and animators. In 1991, she was known with a posthumous Disney Legend award. Also posthumously, she got the Winsor McCay award from ASIFA-Hollywood in 1996. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage on July 26, 1978.
Mary Blair's art

Date of Birth
October 21, 1911
Place Of Birth
McAlester, Oklahoma, USA
Occupation
American artist
Spouse
Lee Everett Blair
Date Of Death
July 26, 1978

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