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Sunday, March 15, 2009

"Alice In Wonderland" (1951) [Series] - Mary Blair Concept

Over the past few years, a number of Mary Blair items have entered the market. This is one of those and I thought it was pretty interesting -- a watercolor concept of Alice at the Tea Party. It's a significant scene in the film (which fits one of my criteria). In addition, I look for art that summarizes a character and this image which is both whimsical and pensive mood fits.

There is no mistaking Mary Blair. Her style was as much of a departure from the "norm" as was Gustaf Tenggren. For better or worse, "It's A Small World" is Mary Blair's playground. My big mistake was video taping the entire "It's A Small World" attraction when we visited Disneyland 20+ years ago. Our daughter played that tape non-stop for months (at least that's what I remember)! The song was burned into my mind and I would wake up in the middle of the night with visions of those expressionless eyes bouncing left and right in a never-ending dance through the darkness. But I digress...

Mary Blair Watercolor Concept

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From “Alice In Wonderland” (1951). A Mary Blair concept watercolor of Alice at the Tea Party. Excellent, vivid piece, large. [Framed: 15.5”W x 13.5”H; Item: 8”W x 6”H] SeqID-1946


  1. Not only do you give us great art, but great tips on buying it as well.

    I have my own youthful nightmarish experience with Small World. Flash forward several decades, now on the east coast, and we have the same tape you do, except this time it's the complete Buzz Lightyear ride.

  2. I've got to tell you, your comment really put a smile on my face this morning! I'm glad I'm not alone... ;)

  3. that is a truly spectacular piece, one of the few remaining categories of art missing from my collection, and will probably remain so, but great to look at other collections.

  4. Matt - Thanks for your comment. It is an unusual piece...

    - Bob