Mary Blair Gallery

MARY ROBINSON BLAIR

1911  – 1978

Watercolors


Mary Blair began her lifelong multifaceted art career in the 1930’s as a member of the prestigious California Watercolor Society.

Several of Mary's beautiful watercolors are now available as giclees through www.CaliforniaWatercolor.com.

Examples below are from the early 1930’s:

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South American


By 1940, Mary was working for Walt Disney and in 1941 her passionate “explosion of color” style began to emerge during the Disney Studios “South American Goodwill Tour”:

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Disney


Mary continued to make extensive contributions to the “world” of Walt Disney off and on for a period of over 30 years. Below are some of the films she influenced:

Johnny Appleseed, 1948

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Cinderella, 1950

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Alice in Wonderland, 1951

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Susie the Little Blue Coupe, 1952

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Little House, 1952

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Peter Pan, 1953

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Children

Mary’s passion for painting children began at home, with her own two sons – Donovan, born in 1947 and Kevin, born three years later in 1950:

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Commercial


During the late 1950’s and early 60’s, working on multiple commercial art projects in her home studio in Great Neck New York, allowed Mary to spend time with her two small sons. Some of her assignments included Meadow Gold (Beatrice Foods), Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Pall Mall, Dutch Boy Paints, Hanes underwear and Blue Bell Clothing:

Bakers Instant Chocolate
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Blue Bell Clothing
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Dutch Boy Paints
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Hanes Underwear
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Meadow Gold
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Pall Mall
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Teem Lemon Lime Drink
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Gifts for Family & Friends


Mary's gifts for family and friends during the late 50's and 60's were often painted on tiles, plates or cups:

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New Expression


The 1970’s were to be Mary’s last years of life. During these years her love of texture, color and collage art combined in a surprising and exciting “new” expression of Mary --- the Mary Blair “nude”! --- jaunty, teasing, sometimes absurd but always “innocent” and undeniably… Mary Blair. 

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