Carl Barks Disney Try-Out Mickey Mouse Illustration Original Art
Here's an interesting bit of trivia for you -- Carl
Barks, known worldwide as "the Good Duck artist," got his big break
with Walt Disney Studios by drawing not ducks, but mice! This
charming try-out features Mickey Mouse and friends escaping a
deadly rock slide by stagecoach, and is accompanied by a set of
head shots featuring Mickey and Minnie in an amusing "love/hate"
sequence. At the bottom of the piece is Carl's Minneapolis address.
On the back of the art is a hand written note from Carl (done many
years later), saying "This drawing, submitted to Disney's in 1935,
helped get me hired," and it's signed Carl Barks. Indeed, after
submitting this in November, 1935, Barks was hired, and he moved to
Los Angeles to begin his long association with Disney. An amazing
and incredibly rare item! The art has an image area of
approximately 12.25" x 9.25", and has been drawn in ink, graphite,
and pale blue wash. The art is in Excellent condition. Own a true
bit a Disney history with this one!
Barks, Carl:Carl Barks (American, 1901-2000): For the Disney Duck-loving world, it was Carl Barks who exploited the globe-trotting adventures of the Disney Ducks to their fullest, with nearly 500 stories to his credit. His colorful cast of creations includes Scrooge McDuck, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose , the Junior Woodchucks, the Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell, and Flintheart Glomgold. After Barks eased into his retirement from his heavy workload at Western Publishing, he supplemented his income with oil paintings sold at local art shows. Early subjects included humorous scenes of life on the farm and portraits of Native American princesses. After a few comic book fan/detectives discovered that Barks was the "Good Duck Artist," they commissioned Disney Duck scenes based on Barks' most memorable stories. The popularity and value of these paintings has grown enormously ever since. In 2000, the beloved "Good Duck Artist" died at age 99, only a few months shy of his 100th birthday..
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