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DescriptionMary Blair Melody Time Johnny Appleseed Concept/Color Key Painting (Walt Disney, 1948). "So, pack your stuff and get a-goin'. Get them apple trees a-growin'. There's a lot of work out there to do.... there's a lot of work to do!" So sings Johnny's Angel and himself in the "Johnny Appleseed" section of Melody Time. In the book The Art of Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation by John Canemaker, he writes, "First came ‘Package Films', unrelated cartoons strung together into a feature. Mary Blair's art direction had an exciting experimental quality. Johnny Appleseed echoes a regionalist painting style of Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood." One of Disney's legendary Nine Old Men Frank Thomas remembers Blair's "Appleseed" artwork as "Some of the greatest things I've seen for an animated feature. Just handsome, handsome drawings. The colors, the shapes, the way they all went together". This lot is a rare early Mary Blair character development painting of Johnny Appleseed with his trademark pot on his head, bible and apple seeds in hand. The piece is rendered in graphite and gouache on paper measuring 4" x 8 ½" mounted to an ovular board. Minor handling with edge and corner wear, overall Very Good condition. A simple yet extraordinary piece of art.
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