The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss

The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss

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These fabulous, whimsical paintings, created for his own pleasure and never shown to the public, show Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) in a whole new light. Depicting outlandish creatures in otherworldly settings, the paintings use a dazzling rainbow of hues not seen in the primary-color palette of his books for children, and exhibit a sophisticated and often quite unrestrained side of the artist. 65 color illustrations.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1995]
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9780679434481
Branch Call Number: 759.13 Seu
Characteristics: 95 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm

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🗾 Take a look at the racist cartoons Theodore Geisel drew back during WWII. Amazing blind spot there; he had a bunch of cartoons railing against Nazi racism and anti-African-American racism, and then turned around and drew the most stereotypical yellow-peril anti-Japanese pieces you can possibly imagine. All in the very recognizable Dr. Seuss style.

If you can find a copy of “Dr. Seuss Goes to War”, a collection of these cartoons, it’s well worth a look.

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Derringer
Aug 06, 2019

The artwork that is presented in this book was created by Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Geisel). These paintings and sculptures were never seen by the public while Geisel was alive.

I think that it's interesting to look at Geisel's more mature world of artistic make-believe that goes far beyond his paintings and drawings that were strictly aimed at the amusement of children.

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ManMachine
Jul 31, 2019

This intriguing book of sixty-five full-color illustrations provides you with a really rare look at the "secret" artwork of Ted Geisel (aka. Dr. Seuss). These selections often step well-beyond the familiarity of Geisel's well-known "Cat-In-The-Hat" drawings.

From paintings (and, yes, even sculptures) that span the years from 1925-1970 - This book (which includes some brief biographical information) is certainly worth a look for anyone wishing to know more about this unique artist whose public work is recognized, the world over, by millions of people (both young and old).

(*Note*) - In 1991 - Ted Geisel (87 at the time) died of cancer.

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mmcbeth29
Oct 06, 2014

This book is full of art by Dr. Seuss that you never saw in any of his books. There is a reason for this. Many of these pictures are PG-13 and not suitable for children's books. There are several cartoon nudes along with other strange wonders. If you are considering buying this to share with your children, I would reconsider. This art is for teens and adults who would like to appreciate another side to Dr. Seuss. There is no doubt that this art is creative and colorful and not a common style. I enjoyed looking at this other art as I have a high appreciation for art of all types. And it is also interesting to see Dr. Seuss' quirky style and sense of humor. He most definitely did not look at the world with the same lens as the rest of the world. This book is also a little thin at 94 pages. I would have liked to see so much more from this amazing man who changed the world of children's literature.

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Albertasaurus
Feb 03, 2012

Mostly Dr Seuss material - not so secret

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mmcbeth29
Oct 06, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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mmcbeth29
Oct 06, 2014

Sexual Content: Nude paintings

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