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The Art and Flair of Mary Blair (Updated Edition): An Appreciation (Disney Editions Deluxe) Hardcover – May 20, 2014


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  • Series: Disney Editions Deluxe
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; Updated edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423127447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423127444
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 10.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JOHN CANEMAKER is an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning animation filmmaker, and a tenured professor and director of the film animation program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has written numerous books on animation. Canemaker has contributed more than one hundred related essays, reviews, and articles to periodicals, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City and Bridgehampton.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on June 6, 2014
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I knew that Mary Blair's illustrative work in books shaped my views on art in my childhood, but I was an adult for quite a while before I realized that it was her work that I admired so much in a few of Disney's movies.

This absolutely gorgeous book is an introduction to who Mary Blair was as a person -- not a biography. The writer glossed over aspects of her personal life to bring out a love-letter to Blair's artwork. Page after page is filled with full-color reproductions of her staggeringly beautiful work.

If you want a biography of Mary Blair, this is not the book for you. If you want to get lost in her lush artwork, this is definitely the book for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 23, 2014
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The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation was first published in 2003 and this is the updated edition. The only thing that's updated is actually the cover art. In essence, it's a reprint, a second edition.

This 128-page hardcover is published by Disney Editions and authored by the John Canemaker who has also written many other animation books.

Mary Blair was an American artist who used to work for Disney before she pursued her freelance career. She's an influential artist noted for her creativity and joyful colour palette. This book looks at her life and career and is sort of like a biography.

The book follows her life in chronological order starting from her training and even showed her watercolour works. Next would be the artworks she created for Disney and finally the work she produced while freelancing. Among the works, you'll probably find familiar works such as those from Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland. She's also known for the "It's a Small World" exhibition at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Mary Blair's work has a child-like quality to them. Her design sensibilities to colour and design are wonderful and can be seen in the artworks showcased in the book. Many of her works could have been printed bigger.

There are reviewers from the earlier edition complaining about the inaccuracy of colour reproduction and amount of content which is lacking, both the text and the number of artworks included. I've not seen Mary Blair's original works so I can't really comment on the colour reproduction. About the lacking content. At times I do feel like there's more to Mary Blair's life than what's included in the book as she's a very prolific artist.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sculptor on June 6, 2014
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New edition - no new info. It is not a new book about Mary Blair, it is just a new cover on old material.
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I purchased this book after reading through this one, and "Magic Color Flair" at my local library. I wasn't sure which to get at first but I was clear about what I wanted - I wanted Mary Blair artwork to sink my thoughts into. I love hearing her story and reading about her life, but I really wanted something that had some of my favorite pieces - bits from Alice and Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Disney's Surprise Package, and other crowd favorite "Golden Books" and her best pieces from her freelancing years. This book by far was what had all of that. Magic Color Flair didn't have as much as I wanted it to.

In short: if you're looking for eye candy - this is the one you want of the two.
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