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    Mary Blair - Pall Mall Cigarettes Advertising Illustration Original Art (c. 1960s-70s). "After Mary's withdrawal from Disney," wrote American Artist magazine in 1958, "the printing press supplanted the cinema as the medium for reproduction of her colorful art." Mary Blair did artwork for two national campaigns for Pall Mall Cigarettes. She did a series of paintings of a red cigarette pack outlined in thick black lines, alongside various fruits. The tag line on some of these ads read "So friendly to your taste!" and "Taste Pall Mall so GOOD! GOOD! GOOD!" Blair said her work on this was inspired "upon seeing a Picasso exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art." You can see samples of her work on this campaign in the John Canemaker book The Art and Flair of Mary Blair -- An Appreciation on pages 74 and 75. This is an extremely rare original painting, with stunning abstract images, painted in gouache on board, with paper cut-outs painted as well. Overall board size is 15" x 19" with the image area taking up 11" x 14". This original illustration has a Mary Blair hand-signed personal check made out to cash, on May 29, 1967, for $50 included in the lot. A perfect item to mat out with the painting. Very Good condition. From the Mary Blair Family Trust Archives.

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