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Animation Art

Original Production Drawings, Production Cels, and Backgrounds

 

I have been collecting and dealing animation for over 20 years. My focus is on Walt Disney and I am pleased to be able to offer for sale original production animation cels and production animation drawings from the following feature films: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, The Three Caballeros, Song of the South, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword In The Stone, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Rescuers, The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and many more! I also deal in many other other animation studios and stand behind all works that I sell. Each comes with a signed certificate of authenticity and a full money back guarantee. A link to my Animation Art Blog is below.  *All Images on this site are ©Disney ©Depatie-Freleng ©Warner Bros.

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Modern and Contemporary Art

Artwork in all media

 

I have been collecting and dealing fine art for over 20 years. My focus are twentieth century masters and I am pleased to be able to offer for sale original works of art by Arman, Salvador Dali, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Bruce Nauman, Kenneth Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann. I stand behind all works that I sell, so each comes with a signed certificate of authenticity and a full money back guarantee. Use the buttons above to look for art under the artist's last name. A link to my Modern Art Blog is below.

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About Me

Gregory Lacks, Owner of Untitled Art Gallery

Contact me at:

5 Mine Bluff Court, Durham NC 27713

(919) 906-7840 - greg@untitledartgallery.com

 

I am both a collector and dealer of fine art and animation and I am so excited to share my experience and excitment with you, through the creation of this Gallery! The Gallery is divided by Fine Artist's last name and Animation Artwork that is subdivided by Studio name, year, and film. I have created links (which can be found just below the description) for most of the works for sale, so please click on them to learn much more about that specific piece. I update this site very frequently, so please check back to see what's new. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Pablo Picasso original drawing

Nature Morte Sur Une Table Carrée (Still Life On A Square Table), Executed December 1922; Gouache, pen and brush, and black ink on paper; Signed Picasso in ink upper left; Size - Sheet 5 1/2 x 4 1/8", Frame 16 3/4 x 16 1/2"; Framed floated on a custom wrapped linen mat, silver wood frame, and plexiglass; Catalogue Raisonne: C. Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Paris, 1973, vol. 30, no. 411 (illustrated, pl. 132). 

In the summer of 1919 Pablo Picasso and his wife, the Russian ballerina Olga Khoklova whom he had married the year before, went to the South of France for their second honeymoon. There Picasso began a series of drawings and gouaches of guéridons, or pedestal tables, which would occupy him for much of the next several years. The guéridons were so central to his work at this time that the art historian John Richardson devoted an entire chapter entitled Summer at Saint-Raphaël (The Guéridon) to them in his definitive multi-volume biography on the artist. Richardson explainted that "Picasso's traditional attitude toward the bride who loved to sit for him made it very difficult to portray her in any but a traditionally representative way. To reconcile conventional love for Olga with his pursuit of modernity, he turned to the subject of the anthropomorphic guéridon, which had preoccupied him the previous winter, and applied it to Olga instead of himself..." The flat that couple was staying had a large window that could be opened, leading to a decorative railing trimmed balcony that overlooked the top of the town's bandstand, beach, and onto the sea. As Richardson notes, "Sketches of the room done soon after their arrival depict its contents: an armoire à glace, a coat rack, a fringed chaise longue, a radiator, a pair of portes-fenêres framing the view, and, to Picasso's delight, a little dressing table with a mirror on top, its shelves carved like daisies. Its kitschiness inspired a detailed drawing. In fact, as sketches reveal there was no guéridon in front of the Picassos' balcony window, only a four-legged table elsewhere in the room, which rings an occasional change on the guéridon theme." (A Life of Picasso, The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932, New York, 2007, vol. 3, p 136-137). 

During the early 1920's, Picasso worked alternately in both Cubist and Neoclassical styles, and sometimes interwove them. In 1920, the Cubist elements trumped the Neoclassical ones in Picasso's still-lifes, as he reduced the picture window, table and its accoutrements to simple geometric shapes. The resulting compositions become more abstract than those in prior years. 

As Richardson notes, "The development of this last great period of Synthetic Cubism can easily be followed through the 'Guéridon'... No longer did Picasso feel obligated to investigate the intricate formal and spatial problems that preoccupied him ten years before. Instead he felt free to relax and exploit his cubist discoveries in a decorative manner that delights the eye... Never again did the artist's style recapture the air of magisterial calm that is such a feature of this last great phase of Cubism." (Picasso, An American Tribute, New York, 1962, p. 52)

With Synthetic Cubism, Picasso deconstructed objects and elements in his compositions and as Richardson stated that the resulting forms were "hard-edge square-cut diamonds," and "these gems do not always have upside or downside." Picasso wrote to Gertrude Stein, "We need a new name to designate them," and Maurice Raynal suggested "Crystal Cubism."

In December of 1922, when this work was created, Pablo Picasso was a forty-one years old and a new father. His first child, a son named Paulo, had been born in February the prior year. With this gouache Picasso, working in cubist style, constructs the four legged square table that occupied his main salon in Saint-Raphaël. The brown vertical rectangle surrounding the interior composition is the outline of the balcony window of the room. Vertical white brushstrokes of gouache are painted inside of the rectangular window border. Onto this white ground the four black legs of the table can all be seen from different vantage points. The objects on the square table, as viewed from above, have been deconstructed through analytical cubism; and are viewed from multiple vantage points. The view outside the balcony window of the top of the town's canopy bandstand, the beach, and sea have been depicted by vertical washes of the three primary colors; blue, yellow, and red. The composition is signed Picasso in black ink in the upper left, and the work is pictured and referenced in the Christian Zervos Catalog Raissone.

This is a spectacular museum quality work of art, and a similar piece (The Table (Le guéridon) by Pablo Picasso, Watercolor over graphite on paper; Executed on December 24, 1922; Size - Sheet: 6 7/16 x 4 1/8") is in the permanent collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. An absolutely wonderful original Pablo Picasso artwork, perfect for any collection!

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 Original hand inked and hand painted production cels of Lady and Tramp set on a custom hand-painted background from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955, Walt Disney Studios; With a custom painted overlay cel of the tablecloth, spaghetti, candle, and breadsticks; Size - Lady and Tramp: 5 1/4 x 7", Image 10 3/4 x 15"; Unframed.


"Oh, this is the night, it's a beautiful night, and we call it bella notte"  - Tony


"Lady and the Tramp" (released on June 22, 1955) is a full length featured animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Buena Vista Distribution. The film was the 15th in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and it was the first animated feature filmed in with the CinemaScope widescreen film process. The film was based on the story "Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog" by Ward Greene and tells the story of a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper-middle-class family. Lady meets a male

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stray mutt named Tramp and they embark on many exciting and romantic adventures.

 

One evening in 1937, Disney storyman Joe Grant invited Walt Disney over to his house for dinner and ended up showed Disney a drawing he had made of his pet springer spaniel, who was named Lady. Walt loved the drawing and suggested that Joe make a storyboard out of it; which he did and the plan was to create a new animated film, simply titled "Lady." The story that was pitched ended up being too simplistic to Walt Disney's taste, and the project was put on hold until about 20 years later.


Lady was wonderfully animated by the great Disney artist Ollie Johnston and she was voiced by Barbara Luddy. Barbara Luddy (1908 — 1979) was an American actress from Great Falls, Montana and she starred in silent pictures in the 1920s. She was also a prolific radio performer; known for her performances on the long running radio show "The First Nighter Program" which aired from 1936 until 1953.

However, Luddy is perhaps best remembered for her voice work in Walt Disney animated films; with her most memorable role being that of Lady from Lady and the Tramp.  She also performed in Sleeping Beauty (voice of Merryweather), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (voice of Rover), Robin Hood (voice of both Mother Church Mouse and the Mother Rabbit), and the Winnie-the-Pooh featurettes (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too) all of which she provided the voice for Kanga.

 

Initially Tramp was called Homer and although he was first conceived as Lady's suitor, he ended up as her ex-dog pound mate in the initial 1943 storyboard pitch. A few years after that version was scrapped, Walt Disney read a story called "Happy Dan the Cynical Dog" in Cosmopolitan Magazine and decided that this was they type of character that was needed to enhance the film. Although Walt wanted his new character to be called Tramp, the animators feared that audiences would take offense in such a name, due to the word's sexual connotations that had been popularized by the song "The Lady Is A Tramp." The animators first called the character Rags, then Bozo; before Walt insisted that that name Tramp would be acceptable.


Tramp is a very laid-back dog and acts more like a kid. He's flirtatious and has history of having had a multitude of girlfriends; and he's known for his street smarts, able to both avoid dog catchers and deal with junkyard dogs. However, he dreams about living with a family and in a loving home. Tramp was animated by Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, and Wolfgang Reitherman who animated the rat fight scene. Larry Roberts (1926 - 1992), an American voice actor and comedian who was most active in the 1950s, is best remembered for his role as the voice of Tramp.

Although the spaghetti eating sequence is the best known in the entire film, Walt Disney was prepared to cut it; because he thought it would look both silly and not be romantic. However, animator Frank Thomas was against Walt's decision and took it upon himself to animate the entire scene, without the use of lay-outs. Walt was so impressed by Thomas's work, that he kept the scene in the film.


The spaghetti scene is usually referred to as the "Bella Notte" scene because of the romantic love song "Bella Notte" that is first sung by a chorus in the opening credits; and then by Tony and Joe while Lady and Tramp eat spaghetti together while on a romantic, moonlit date. The song was written by Peggy Lee and Sony Burke, and has become an iconic love song. The animated spaghetti sequence is one of the most unforgettable Disney moments ever created.


This is a large and wonderful original production animation cel setup of Lady and Tramp from the famous "Bella Notte" scene. Lady and Tramp are sitting at Tony's specially set table, with the plate of Joe prepared spaghetti in front of them. Both dogs are eyes open; with Tramp having spaghetti hanging from his mouth and Lady with a beautiful smile. This is just a stunning piece of animation history and certainly would be the highlight for any animation art collection! 

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Andy Warhol Santa original print

Santa Claus Trial Proof From Myths, 1981; Screenprint in colors with diamond dust on Lenox Museum Board; Signed Andy Warhol and numbered TP 26/30 in pencil lower right; Published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York; Size - Sheet 38" x 38", Frame 45 1/2 x 45 1/2"; Catalogue Raisonne: Feldman/Schellmann: II.266; Framed floated on an acid free mat, silver wood frame, and UV conservation clear museum perfect glass.

In 1981, Andy Warhol created a series of works that he called Myths. They were all portraits of iconic figures and included, The Star a portrait of Greta Garbo from the film Mata Hari, Uncle Sam, Mammy, Howdy Doody, Superman, The Witch, Dracula, Mickey Mouse, Santa Claus, and The Shadow, a profile portrait of Andy Warhol in red casting a shadow on a wall beside him. In addition to Warhol's use of bold graphic colors, he added diamond dust to the prints. Diamond dust was Andy's term for the finely crushed glass that was added to the lines and/or the background of his serigraphed prints. The resulting works were spectacular, and the diamond dust was the magical sparkle that seemed to make the works even more mythical!

Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Santy, or simply Santa is a mythical figure who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to "good" children on Christmas Eve and the early morning hours of Christmas Day. The modern day Santa Claus is derived from a combination of the British figure of Father Christmas, the Dutch figure of

Sinterklaas, and Saint Nicholas the historical Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra. L. Frank Baum's 1902 children's book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, further popularized Santa Claus. Because much of Santa Claus's history was not set in stone at the time, this allowed Baum plenty of room to provide a history and greater character development. Images of Santa Claus were further popularized through the artist Haddon Sundblom's depiction of him for The Coca-Cola Company's Christmas advertising campaign of the 1930's. The popularity of the now idealized image created urban legends that Santa Claus was invented by The Coca-Cola Company, or that Santa wears red and white because they are the colors used to promote the Coca-Cola brand; neither of which is true.

Andy Warhol adored Christmas and created a great many works of art centered around the Holiday, as well as numerous advertising campaigns. This work, "Santa Claus," from 1981 was created by Warhol by first photographing an individual dressed up as Santa and then selecting the best photograph in which to begin work. The image was then cropped, paint colors chosen; and after, silkscreening, Diamond Dust was glued on top of the outlines giving "Santa Claus" a mythical and magical quality. This is a unique Trial Proof of "Santa Claus" and the color combination is specific to this work.  In addition to the unique Warhol color choices, there is an addition face image of Santa that was screened in red, 90 degrees and to the right of the main image. Warhol had utilized addition turned and shifted images in his paintings of the 1960's however, this is the only known impression of Santa Claus where a double facial exposure exists. The words of the song "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" can really enhance the idea of the double face image with the words "He sees you when you're sleeping - He knows when you're awake - He knows if you've been bad or good - So be good for goodness sake!" Those extra set of eyes see all of the children around the world; and this work is so beautiful, that it should be hung on the wall and enjoyed all year long!

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