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    Winsor McCay-The Art of Cartoons (Vitagraph, 1911). French Grande (47" X 63").
    Cartoonist and artist Winsor McCay (1869-1934) is often considered one of the fathers of animation, pioneering the drawn image in film and influencing animation creators for generations to come, from Walt Disney to Bill Watterson. His celebrated Little Nemo comic strip appeared in the New York Herald and New York American newspapers between 1905 and 1911. When Nemo's run ended in print, McCay and J. Stuart Blackman, of Enchanted Drawing fame co-directed a short silent film running 10 minutes about the process of creating comics. Winsor McCay, The Art of Cartoons, also referred to simply as Little Nemo, is commonly considered one of the first bits of true animation ever created, exploring the frontiers of a then-nascent storytelling medium that we now take for granted. Three years after this ground-breaking film was released, McCay would draw and release Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) and it is considered by historians to be the first animated film to use Keyframe animation and the first to feature a character with an appealing personality. This wonderful original French poster is for the 1911 release of the famous animated and live action film. Prior to conservation on linen the poster was in superb condition other than the most minor fold separation on the lower vertical fold. Very Fine+ on Linen.




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