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The last of the artists who made Disney's 'Bambi' one of the great visual cinematic masterpieces of all time turned 103 this year. Although he is best known for his background art for 'Bambi', Tyrus Wong's time with Disney accounted for only a small fraction of his lifetime of distinguished work.

Child emigre, 1919.



A remarkable self portrait of the artist at 20, in the old Chinese watercolor style:



A contemporaneous RL photo:



A Wong horse in very dynamic calligraphic style.



And another, in the Wong's master bedroom. Happy to see those plush pandas (and a bunny!) in such prominent places of honor!



I really wish I could have a few minutes of conversation with this man. He's the only person still alive who remembers the production of 'Bambi', after all...

 

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