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DescriptionDumbo and "Freddie Girl" illustration by Fred Moore (Walt Disney, 1941). Disney animator Fred Moore (1911 - 1952) is considered by many as one of the greatest animators come out of Disney studios and is credited with the modernizing of the look of both Mickey Mouse and Woody Woodpecker. He is also known for his risque' sketches and paintings of women which are affectionately referred to as "Freddie Girls." On page 121 of their book, Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life, authors Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston write "Everyone at the Studio wanted a Fred Moore drawing, especially a sketching of one of his girls - a charming little breed of females strictly Fred's creations, sexy in an innocent way, and often humorous because of his choices of poses." Offered here is a particularly unique piece of Fred Moore artwork. In it is Dumbo with a bow on his trunk being appraised by a "Freddie Girl" in a red negligee. Fred Moore directed the animation of Timothy Mouse in Dumbo, so it is likely this beautifully rendered gouache and ink illustration was created at that time. Dumbo measures 5" x 6" and the lovely lady 4" x 9" on a 10" x 11" sheet of Bristol board. This playfully alluring rendering is a perfect example of Fred Moore' extracurricular artwork at Disney and easily one of the best we have ever seen. This one-of-a-kind piece shoes minor handling and has a 1" x 2.5" glue stain in the upper left corner nowhere near the art. Condition is Very Good.
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