Dr. Seuss aka Theodor Geisel, American (1904-1991)
Dr. Seuss was a storyteller in the grandest sense of the word. Not only did he tell fantastical tales of far-away places but he also gave us a unique visual language that carried his stories to new heights of artistic expression. Surrealism provided the foundation from which he built his career, but like a launch pad sitting idle just before liftoff, surrealism was soon to be engulfed in the flames of ridiculous fun and its launch tower thrown to the ground with each new editorial cartoon, magazine cover, painting, or children’s book.
It was that explosive energy that thrust Ted’s works into otherworldly places, taking young and old alike on a ride that would become a critical reference point for most children from 1937 on, as well as for the adults who raised them. Nearly everyone has a significant Dr. Seuss memory. Many of today’s top visual artists, poets, filmmakers, and authors cite Ted as one of their greatest influences. Indeed, what Walt Disney was to entertainment, Theodor Seuss Geisel was to art and literature.
UNORTHODOX TAXIDERMY was a collaborative effort between the artist and his first publisher to sell a collection of fantastical creatures created by Dr Seuss. Hailed by LOOK Magazine in 1938 as "The world's most eminent authority on unheard-of animals." These early works have been painstakingly recreated and offered by the estate as limited editions.
For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss's illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. His Secret Art, works are the paintings and sculptures he did at night for himself and they were rarely exhibited during his lifetime. Seuss always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone. Audrey believed that Ted himself would one day be evaluated not only as an author, but also
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