If the scene above looks familiar, it's because Walt Disney collected the work of Heinrich Kley, and was undoubtedly inspired to borrow from it for parts of the movie Fantasia.
|Disney Studios drawing | from dmclain.com|
"What a devilish stench!" Kley was intimately familiar with this aspect of industry, long before the public was concerned about pollution. Ironically, Kley's earlier paintings had been lauded for catching the "poetry" of factories.
"Smile, please!" Kley's line work reveals a drawing style that was as unerring as it was rapid.
"Clearing the Field"
I saved my favorite Kley drawing, "The Finish of the Snails' Race," (below) for last.
|Click to enlarge.|
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Since I first published this posting, author Joe Procopio got in touch to verify Kley’s death date as February 8, 1945, and to introduce his new two-volume The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley (see the comment below). For more information on Kley and the new two-volume set about him, please go here.