Mary Blair worked for Walt Disney for over 30 years.
She started in 1940, ending up one of the top designers and colour stylists.
Her incredible muddy palettes mixed with pure colours were quite revolutionary,
and created a visual tension that exaggerated the sense of drama
in the illustration or film. Her work on Peter Pan and Cinderella alone
shaped the way for Disney’s animated classics.
She created the set for ‘ It’s A Small World’ in the
1964-65 New York World’s Fair.
She died aged just 67 in 1978, one of the first women to be hailed as a true Disney Legend.
Her style of work is a source of constant inspiration, perhaps the wonderful illustrator
Christopher Corr found her subject matter inspiring here ?
and did anyone else notice her effect on the 2009 film Coraline ?
More proof that the lady’s legend lives on !
Some more info here.