Some of the finest quality early Disney artwork you will ever see. Matching pair of watercolors from the early 1930s on heavy artists paper depict two of the most delightful poses representing the earliest Mickey and Minnie. The first depicts a Renaissance-influenced Romeo Mickey strumming a mandolin while serenading his Juliet Minnie wearing a daring art deco skirt. She is trying to hide her sniggering as Mickey is seemingly awful with his musicality.
The mandolin has multiple broken strings yet she is thoroughly taken by charming innocence. In the second, Mickey and Min are sharing tasty dishes of vanilla ice cream. With the same childlike innocence, Mickey is pointing gleefully to Minnies airborne red balloon, allowing his ice cream to drip without a care in the world. The imagery predates and predicts Albert Lamorisses classic 1956 French film Le Ballon Rouge (The Red Ballon).
Each drawing measures 8.5×11.5 and is uniquely and creatively framed sandwiched between two panes of glass with gold leaf paper wrapping the edges. The pair were likely created as personal tribute pieces given to friends/family of the artist. One is artist signed by Armi.Later, they were custom framed and signed in pencil on the verso, D. However, this artwork is slightly different than the printed version, but the same quality perhaps even better. A vintage example of one of the postcards is included with the lot. The other can be viewed online. The style is early 1930s with the look of the most desired ratty Mickey traits which today have changed dramatically. In 1939, they changed everything from the name of the company (from Walt Disney Enterprises to Walt Disney Productions) to making Mickey less of a mouse and more of a little boy. Sadly, on an artistic level, less of a lovable scamp and more of a corporate symbol. These drawings are the ultimate vehicle to travel back to the days of old when Mickey was a mouse, movies were a quarter, and comics books were all in color for a dime. The item "Walt Disney Original Production Artwork Framed" is in sale since Friday, October 2, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Animation Art & Characters\Animation Art\Production Art". The seller is "millionairegallery" and is located in Miami, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.