(Walt Disney Studios, 1951) Incredible original concept painting by Mary Blair for Alice in Wonderland, showing Alice talking with the Cheshire Cat in his tree in the Tulgey Wood; the cat offers his trademark mischievous grin while holding his head above his body. Beautifully rendered in shades of purple and black, the moonlit scene is a superb example of Blair's artistic style—the composition dominated by contrasts of dark and light, and all elements taking on simplified, organic shapes. Accomplished in tempera on 9.25 x 8.75 artist's board. In fine condition, with tack holes at corners.
Blair was a concept artist for Disney during the 1940s and early 1950s, working on designs for such films as Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland. She also created designs for several Disney attractions (including It's a Small World), and her largest work ever, the multi-story mosaic in Disney World's Contemporary Hotel concourse. A marvelous, surrealistic example of Blair's original artwork boasting two of Disney's most desirable characters in a well-composed scene.