Friday, April 10, 2009

Walt Kelly Illustrations, 1935-36

Hansel and Gretel Illustration, 1935. "This lush watercolor illustration of a lost Hansel and Gretel in the deep, dark, mysterious woods, with the Old Witch lurking nearby, is thought to be one of the earliest known examples of Walt Kelly art. It was found by Kelly's daughter, Carolyn, during the sale of her family home in 1995; Carolyn has noted this on the back of the piece. Kelly began his career in 1935 with the Walt Disney studio; perhaps this painting was done as a portfolio piece, or was a rejected idea for a feature based on a classic fairy tale similar to Snow White."

Snow White "Torture Chamber" Preliminary Sketch (Walt Disney, 1936). "Walt Kelly turned in this inspirational sketch for Disney's upcoming first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, providing a chilling image of what might be the Wicked Witch's torture chamber of horrors. It's a side of Kelly (and Disney) rarely seen, and certainly not something used in the final film."

Quotes and imagery taken from the Heritage Auction Gallery website. Sorry, you have to have an account (free) to view full sized images on there. It is worth signing up though, if only to browse the vast and high res images they have in their archive. I found all of the previously posted movie posters on there by the way.

1 comment:

Cie Cheesemeister said...

These are very impressive. Is this the same Walt Kelly that drew Pogo?