The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss
(ISBN 0-679-43448-8) is a collection of visual art
created by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss
. It was published in 1995, after Geisel's death, by Random House
of New York
Contents of the book
The bulk of this collection consists of painting
. It does, however, include photographs of many sculptures
created by Geisel. Both forms of art display the characteristic style
and form that can be seen in all of his children's books
All of Dr. Seuss's sculptures display the same themes, which are taxidermy
and trophy hunting
. Each sculpture takes the form of an imaginary and fantastic creature displayed on a wood mount in the style of a hunting trophy
. Most of his pieces in this category make use of authentic animal parts.
In addition to visual art, Secret Art
provides more personal insight into the life of Theodor Geisel. The book opens with a very short introductory letter by Geisel's widow, Audrey Geisel
, titled "A Personal Note About Theodor Seuss Geisel", as well as an introduction by Maurice Sendak
, both of which relate anecdotal tales of Geisel's work ethic and artistic vision.
Dr. Seuss used a wide variety of media
in his art. In keeping with the post-modernist
tradition, Seuss is very experimental with his media; he even uses a hinged window frame and screen as a frame for one of his oil paintings.
Paintings and drawings
Theodor Seuss Geisel's has... Read More