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    Fantasia "Night on Bald Mountain" Concept Painting by Kay Nielsen (Walt Disney, 1940). Joe Grant recommended Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen (1886 - 1957) to Walt Disney. Walt took the advice and hired him, and Kay worked at the studio from 1937 to 1941. He was renowned at the studio for his dramatic concept art and illustration work. His work and insight was used extensively for 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 virtually dynamic pattern that responded to auditory pattern of the music." Joe Grant stated, "I'd known his work from books and he was a natural. At the time we were doing Fantasia, and Bald Mountain; he was born for it." This is a rare and outstanding Kay Nielsen original concept/story painting featuring the Chernabog, with bats, skeletons, and flames, all surrounding Bald Mountain. This has to be one of the single most dramatic images of this character we have ever seen. The artwork is hand-signed by Kay Nielsen in the upper right corner. This painting is from the personal archives of Campbell Grant (1909 - 1992). Mr. Grant was a writer who worked on Story Development for the "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" sequences in Fantasia. This magnificent piece of artwork can be seen in the book They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Musical Years, The 1940s Part One by Didier Ghez on pages 40 and 41. One of the most significant Disney pieces of artwork ever to be brought to market. Matted with an opening of 14" x 10" and framed with glass for an overall size of 22.75" x 19.5". Fine condition.

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