Google Doodle honors Disney legendary artist Mary Blair

October 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Google Doodle honoring Mary Blair

Legendary Disney artist Mary Blair was born 100 years ago today and is being honored with today’s “Google Doodle”.  She was a gifted artist with a bold eye for color who worked on concept art and color design for many Disney films like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South, and Cinderella.

Mary Blair is credited with the color scheme for the “it’s a small world” attraction.

Mary Blair and Walt Disney show "it's a small world" concept art

Her bold, contrasting color scheme used pure primary colors “straight from the tube” in a style that is called “faux naive”.

"it's a small world" artwork

There’s a great blog about the creation of “it’s a small world” that you’ll want to check out at http://www.designingdisney.com/2010/08/designing-its-small-world-mary-blair.html and another well-written blog about Mary Blair in the 1940’s at http://littleverses.blogspot.com/2009/04/mary-blair-in-1940s.html

Mary Blair also designed the 90-foot mural that is the focal point of the concourse  at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Mosaic Mural at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Mary Blair travelled to South America with Walt & Lillian Disney as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor tour.   If you’d like to know more about that, you should watch “Walt and el Grupo” (available to stream on Netflix).

Walt & el Grupo movie poster

Mary Blair died of a cerebral hemorrhage on July 26, 1978.   She was given a Disney Legend award posthomously in 1991.

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