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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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.
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!
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)
South of the Border
The Big Three: Cinderella, Alice & Peter
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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