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The Art And Flair Of Mary Blair: An Appreciation (Anglais) Relié – 1 septembre 2003


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Let us begin with a contemplative self-portrait of Mary Robinson Blair, a charming watercolor made soon after she married Lee Blair in 1934, when both were in their early twenties. Lire la première page
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A disappointment 22 septembre 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This has to have been one of the most eagerly-awaited books for animation pros and fans in a long while....and although Canemaker usually does a terrific job writing and editing animation tomes, he's done a frankly poor job here. Considering that Mary Blair is justly famous for her brilliant(in more ways than one)use of color, the reproductions are not good at all. The text is not only rehashed from Canemaker's much superior "Before the Animation Begins"(which has a chapter on Blair), it's awkwardly shortened here. As a matter of fact, the book itself-text and pictures-is ridiculously slim, given the sale price, and the fact that this will probably stand as the only book about the subject.
As another reviewer mentioned, Mary Blair did much more work than is represented here, particularly her children's illustration. It's mystifying as to why the author didn't include or couldn't find many, many more worthy examples of Blair's work to include, when in any month on Ebay, one can bid on some eye-popping merchandise(scarves, for one!), magazine illustration, greeting cards-and even original work-that has no representation here. It appears he merely asked two or three collector friends he knows for permission to publish what they owned, but that's it. A real shame and a pity. Still, diehards will have to have it(as I do)on their shelves-but this artist deserved a LOT more than this lazy, slapdash volume.
43 internautes sur 44 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Terrible color reproductions of a GREAT colorist's work 4 septembre 2003
Par R. Haas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Having seen some of Mary Blair's original masterworks firsthand, and having been a Disney fan all of My Baby Boomer life, I was thrilled to hear that the wonderful writer and historian- animator, John Canemaker was at long last going to write "the definitive study" about the remarkable Mrs.Blair. My anticipation was instantly dashed when I opened the book, and saw the consistantly murky, greyed and even out of focus reproductions of Blair's incomparable work. For instance, a Blair bedroom set design for an unrealized Duke Ellington Broadway stage musical was changed so much by the inept color separation/printing that all of the very vibrant pinks, hot yellows and vivid lime greens were not at all in evidence, and the image is instead seen as if through a deep grey filter.. The essay also deserved MANY more illustrations of her actual work, and fewer of snapshots of persons boarding airplanes for South America, images of her fellow workers or repetitive (and even poorly scanned/ moire pattern laden) images for Pall Mall cigarettes. HER TRUE ART SEEMS TO BE MISSING HERE! Blair's great genius in her conceptual art for Disney, was being able with her incomparable understanding of COLOR and emotion to convey excitement and cinematic wonderment. This slim, somewhat repetitive and empty (BUT WELL WRITTEN!) book should be redesigned, rethought and certainly republished to emphasise the true colors of the rainbow minded Mrs.Blair. She deserves a better tribute, one that is more true to her spirit and verve.
32 internautes sur 35 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.5 stars, tops. 8 février 2004
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
the reviewer who states this book is a disappointment is dead on. i'm a fan of blair and eagerly awaited this book's arrival. i'm astounded at the amount of work not represented here, especially considering the price. blair was an AMAZING colorist and the poor reproductions don't do her work justice.
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Bought it despite... and liked it! 16 août 2006
Par Wayne A. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Well, after a few of the reviews below I fully expected this to be a big disappointment, but, as one of the negative reviewers put it, the book had to be owned. I'm a big fan of Mary Blair's work.

OK, book arrives in the mail (thanks Amazon) and lo and behold it's just swell. Problems with color reproductions?--well, if the same high standards were applied to about 70% of the art books sold here online--the ones that run UNDER $100--then few would pass muster. Heck, it took me most of last year to scrounge a long-out-of-print copy of a Max Ernst book that was the ONLY one I'd ever encountered where the color was even remotely right. Honestly, the color quality in this Mary Blair book is just fine--a tiny bit muted here and there is about the worst I can say, and no different than a lot of books that feature production art, including some published by Disney.

Otherwise, I had no problem with the text (heck, if another reviewer hadn't pointed out that it was largely pulled from something else Canemaker had written about her, I never would have known--and why should the guy rewrite what he's already written anyway?) and the background info, along with production photos are very informative. I'm sure there were problems with rights to some things some of these reviewers wanted to see but maybe they also had evaporated. Heck, I did plenty of concept work that I never saw again and might be hanging on the wall of some project manager or something. Who knows? This isn't art gallery work.

So, more perfect book? Sure! A 300 page Mary Blair complete would suit me just fine and I'd find the $100 to pay for it. I'd also like to see ANY extensive Winsor McCay Little Nemo just stay in print for fives minutes and the world hasn't seen a decent Gluyas Williams or Rowland Emett book in nearly 50 years (an if you don't know who either of those guys are it's because there hasn't been a decent book in print for way too long--not having a big and modern Rowland Emett is just plain criminal!). While I'm at it, how about any Arthur Rackham repro that's even a vague ghost of the originals! Ah, for a perfect world!
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A real disservice to one of the greats at Disney 28 juin 2011
Par Stop Motion Maniac - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I have to say, considering the influence and role of Mary Blair at Disney this book is a real disservice to her and her legacy. At 110 pages it barely skims the surface of her artwork. This is the reason I am giving this book 3 stars.

The book is cloth hardback with a dust cover and the pages are a nice paper stock and no printing issues that I detect, except that sometimes I get the impression the color isn't as vibrant as it should be. However, no pixilation.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Mary's World (introduction)
Watercolor Years
South of the Border
Surprise Packages
The Big Three: Cinderella, Alice & Peter
Freelancing
Small World and Beyond

The text is minimal in this Canemaker title and sometimes I wish the images were larger (especially murals) in many instances.

If you are a fan of Mary Blair's then you should pick this up as it is the only book on her artwork. I'm hoping that one day someone does justice to Ms. Blair's life and work and produces a large and beautifully printed coffee table book.
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