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    Mary Blair Peter Pan Mermaids and Jolly Roger Pirate Ship Concept Painting (Walt Disney, 1953). Those vain, mischievous, and somewhat lazy mythical denizens of Never Land known as the Mermaids appear in this early Peter Pan concept painting by Mary Blair (1911 - 1978). The artwork is in her unmistakable style, showing a happy group of four multicolored mermaids, as they sit on the rocks playing music, combing their hair, or just waiting for Peter Pan to come by and regale them with his fantastic adventures -- as long as he doesn't bring Wendy around! Meanwhile, Captain Hook's pirate ship, the Jolly Roger, floats nearby. When it comes to Mary Blair paintings, this gouache on board piece is quite large, matted with an opening of 19.25" x 7.5", and an overall mat size of 23" x 11.5". Mary Blair has gone from a once-obscure Disney artist to one of the studio's most celebrated concept painters, and a personal favorite of Walt's; in fact, Walt insisted on using Mary for the It's a Small World project, long after she had moved on to a second career illustrating children's books. In fact, there are several books currently available on the work of Mary Blair, including the highly-recommended Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair, by John Canemaker. We're not sure this mermaid painting is featured in a book, but if not, it should be! Condition is Fine.

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