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A pen and ink drawing by Heinrich Kley inspired Chernabog

Heinrich Kley was a German artist and illustrator whose art profoundly influenced the work of many Inspirational Sketch Artists at the Disney studio, including Albert Hurter, Joe Grant and James Bodrero. Hurter introduced Kley's work to the Disney Studio and Walt Disney accumulated a collection of the artist's work. The images in Kley's art inspired a number of animated sequences and characters, including Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria's Chernabog and the dancing animals of Dance of the Hours in Fantasia.


  • John Canemaker, "Before the Animation Begins: The Life and Times of Disney inspirational Sketch Artists"

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