Yesterday we looked at highly detailed, leaf-by-leaf renderings of foliage.
George Inness (1825-1894) uses softness to convey a spiritual, otherworldly feeling, as well as a sense of atmosphere. To Inness, this softness and simplification was not a technical trick or a gimmick. It was a genuine expression of his own mystical relationship with the natural world. He said, "The poetic quality is not obtained by eschewing any truths of fact or of Nature...Poetry is the vision of reality."
Emilio Sanchez-Perrier (1855-1907) keeps his masses soft as well, but adds just enough edge detail so that it feels like a complete statement. Perrier is always very careful not to let his extreme darks near the edge of the foliage mass, but instead reserves the dark values for the lower core of the tree.
It would have been a very different film had they followed some of the more detailed conceptions. This one is attributed to Gustaf Tenngren (1896-1970).
Book: Walt Disney's Bambi: The Story and the Film