Mary Blair, a Disney artist who has left her colorful stamp on 1950s classic animated films such as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Peter Pan was honored with a Google Doodle on Friday for her 100th birthday.
The Google Doodle that was released on Friday captures Mary Blair's keen eye for soft complementary colors, minute details and playful design.
On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute to also celebrate her 100th birthday.
Mary Blair also contributed to Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp and must also be thanked the design of the Disneyland boat ride It's a Small World.
She was born Mary Robinson in Oklahoma in 1911 and later won a scholarship to the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles where she studied under the likes of painter Morgan Russell.
Russell and Stanton Macdonald-Wright founded the synchromism movement that produced some of the first pieces of abstract art coming out of the United States. Synchronism is an art movement founded around 1912 and is based on the idea that every note on the musical scale had an analogous color. The founders believed that when artists paint in color scales their work could evoke musical sensations.
Mary Blair's husband Lee Everett Blair and her brother-in-law, animator Preston Blair, were also artists. One day in 1940, Mary Blair followed her husband to the Disney studio where boss Walt Disney to a liking to her work and requested she worked on It's a Small World. She left Disney years later to work in graphic design, creating advertising campaigns and illustrations for Simon and Schuster's Golden Books for children.
Mary Blair died in 1978 and received a Disney Legend award in 1991 - 13 years after her death.