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    Fantasia Chernabog Concept Art by Kay Nielsen (Walt Disney, 1940). Joe Grant recommended to Walt Disney that he hire illustrator Kay Nielson (1886 - 1957). Walt did hire him and his initial work at the studio was 1937-1941. He was renowned at the studio for his concept art and illustrations. His work was used extensively on the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment of Fantasia. It was written in John Culhane's 1983 book Walt Disney's Fantasia, that "Nielsen created a visually dynamic pattern that responded to auditory patterns in music." He also noted, "He helped bring to the screen one of the most terrifying Disney characters ever seen." John Culhane went on to say about Kay, "Nielsen brought his ornamental, flowing, and morbidly beautiful designs to Night on Bald Mountain, the only section possessing high style, or more accurately, high stylization." This is a rare and important Kay Nielsen original concept pastel piece of the Chernabog in full celebration on Bald Mountain. Pastel on 12 field, 5-peghole black paper. The number 77 is in bottom right corner. On back of artwork is the studio "Concept Feature" stamp. It lists Kay Nielsen as artist and is dated 10/26/39. This movie was released on November 13, 1940. Great array of color with a great 6" arms stretched above his head. Important piece of Disney animation history! Minor handling and edge wear. Some tape marks on reverse, overall Very Good condition.

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    December, 2019
    13th-15th Friday-Sunday
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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