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on 16 September 2003
John Canemaker's 4th Disney book is dedicated to the woman that gave a unique touch of colour, styling and magic over the Disney films from mid 40s to mid 50s.
Although the text is more or less the same that appears in Canemaker's book ''Before The Animation Begins'' (a book about the lives and art of the conceptual artists of Disney, published in 1999), the Artwork is not the same!!! It is obvious that Canemaker did not find more things to write (and probably Mary Blair had a quiet and low profile life) but he did his best to come up with totaly fresh artwork from the Disney Archives and from private collections. The book is cleverly divided in chapters that marked Mary's career and the design reflects her fashionable sense of styling!
You will see many unpublished works of Blair - from her early watercolours to her a-m-a-z-i-n-g conceptual drawings for Cinderella, Alice and Peter Pan and from commercial artwork to the creation of the Small World ''universe''. There are also some wonderful photographs that the reader can admire Mary's unsualy elegant sense of dressing.
Mary Blair must be smiling ''over there'' and I guess Walt Disney too since she was his favorite female artist.
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The book is a very well put together treasure trove for animation fans, graphic artists and lovers of Mary Blair's fine art.

John Canemaker knows what he is doing. Nothing new here. Just a very solid addition to an art or animation library.
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