The story of how Disney used Mary Blair’s amazing talents as an animation artist and imagineer and then abandoned her when she needed them most is one that needs to be told. Unfortunately I have not yet found all the details assembled in one place. But I hope the story is told one day soon.
In the meantime, we have her art to inspire us. Storyboard101 has a look at Blair’s art and a look at some of the artists of today who have been influenced by her work. That’s a legacy I know she could be proud of.
In the meantime, pick up The Art And Flair Of Mary Blair : An Appreciation.You’ll recognize her work from It’s A Small World and Alice in Wonderland, but there’s also plenty of other work to enjoy.