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SENDAK, Maurice. Ten original pencil sketches for the animated version of Really Rosie, comprising composite sketches of two sheets per image on tracing paper making five complete drawings, each signed by Sendak, circa 1973. Each approximately 7½ x 10¼ inches (193 x 260 mm). Matted together and framed.
SENDAK, Maurice. Ten original pencil sketches for the animated version of Really Rosie, comprising composite sketches of two sheets per image on tracing paper making five complete drawings, each signed by Sendak, circa 1973. Each approximately 7½ x 10¼ inches (193 x 260 mm). Matted together and framed.

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SENDAK, Maurice. Ten original pencil sketches for the animated version of Really Rosie, comprising composite sketches of two sheets per image on tracing paper making five complete drawings, each signed by Sendak, circa 1973. Each approximately 7½ x 10¼ inches (193 x 260 mm). Matted together and framed.

A FINE SERIES OF ANIMATION KEYS BY SENDAK FOR THE ANIMATED VERSION OF "REALLY ROSIE". In two, Sendak has written directions: "Note: sharp line slap Rosie's hair line narrows her face" and "Rosie looks very bored--hopeless, as tho she didn't expect much--all exaggerated enacting. Katy must wiggle & waggle--must be ridiculous--remember Ruby Keeler! Let her swing her ass sort of Hoola-like."

Sendak's marvellous story of Rosie was set to music by Carole King and was a great success. "In the five quick story-board sketches, dated July 1973, that Sendak provided to guide the animator of the sequences containing Rosie and Buttermilk, her cat, it's readily apparent how much more accomplished the artist has become since 1960... [Rosie] resembles a mini-version of Toulouse-Lautrec's Yvette Guilbert. It was from story-boards, rendered by the artist, that the several animators working on Really Rosie prepared the hundreds of variations to life on the screen. The artist himself did hundreds of guide-drawings of Rosie and her gang for the film's animation crew" (Selma G. Lanes, The Art of Maurice Sendak, New York, 1980, pp.210-11). Really Rosie, starring the Nutshell Kids was originally televised on CBS in February 1975, and was repeated the following June.
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