Monday, May 17, 2010

Heinrich Kley (1863-1945)

On 16 January 1959 on the Walt Disney show, Walt displayed Heinrich Kley's drawings of comic elephants and demonstrated how they had inspired the many artists working on Dumbo and the elephant corps de ballet from Fantasia. Dover released the first Heinrich Kley collection in English in 1961, The Drawings of Heinrich Kley, which was followed by More Drawings of Heinrich Kley in 1962.

Kley was a master of human and animal anatomy, and of pen-and ink. The following rarities, the note and portrait, are courtesy of Don Kurtz. More Kley on Coconino HERE.

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