A pop up celebration to say Happy birthday to Heinrich Kley who was born on this day in in 1863. Heinrich Kley was a German illustrator, editorial illustrator, and painter.
Cartoonist Joe Grant was well aware of Kley’s work and introduced his drawings to Walt Disney, who built an extensive private collection. A number of early Disney productions, notably Fantasia, reveal Kley’s inspiration.
Due to Disney’s interest and reprints by Dover Publications, Kley is still known in the USA, while he is nowadays little regarded in Germany.