Dr. Seuss : the cat behind the hat

by Geisel, Theodor Seuss, 1904-1991,

Format: Print Book 2012
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An exuberant and beautifully produced book that juxtaposes the secret art of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel--the most beloved children's author and illustrator of all time) with his iconic children's art.

This comprehensive look at the breadth of art that Theodor Geisel created over his lifetime is an eye-opening peek behind the public persona into the real story of the man who was Dr. Seuss.

Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Ted Geisel created a body of previously little-known work during his leisure hours that he called his "Midnight Paintings," and which is now known as "The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss." This irrepressible and soulful collection redefines Ted Geisel as an iconic American artist. For sixty years, his "Secret Art" allowed Geisel to expand his artistic boundaries without the confines and pressures of commercial deadlines and influences. These paintings afforded the peaceful distraction that he craved, and through this work, the tenets of surrealism--surprise and juxtaposition--energized his sensibilities.

This volume exuberantly juxtaposes Geisel's "Midnight Paintings" with his best-loved children's books because this was how Dr. Seuss constructed his creative life--his days devoted to literature for children, his nights to letting his mind and palette wander to even stranger shores. Inevitably, Geisel created images in his private artworks that would find their way into his literary projects. Though he fiercely protected his "Secret Art" from criticism during his lifetime, his intention all along was for these works to be seen when he was gone.

It is downright absurd to make an art book on Dr. Seuss that attempts a straight chronology on the life and work of this multitalented author, illustrator, painter, sculptor, political cartoonist, adman, doodler, practical joker, and Cat Behind the Hat. Chronology is, in this case, an elusive term. His life meanders between so many facets of artistic impulses, with images cross-pollinating over years and even decades, that the chronological line of his life is as dippy and curved as the architectural elements of a house in Who -ville.

Therefore, this book is "chronological-ish." That is to say, some things come at the right time and some at the wrong time. But just as Dr. Seuss taught us to look at life "through the wrong end of a telescope," the iconic artwork packed into these pages helps us understand that it isn't always a straight line from here to there that matters . . . but rather the fun of the journey that really counts.

Chapters include:

As Early as It Gets

Dr. Seuss and His Midnight Paintings

Very Early

Advertising and Editorial Work

Pretty Early

Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy

Still Early

Secrets of the Deep

Less Early

The War Years

No Longer Early

The Post-War Years

La Jolla Birdwomen

A Little Later
The Cat Behind the Hat

Even Later
The Grinch

A Smidge Later Than That
Happy Birthday To You!

Somewhat Later Still
Green Eggs and Ham

Significantly Later
Seussian Abstractions

As Late as it Gets
Oh, the Places You'll Go!

This book is published by Chase Art Companies and distributed by Andrews McMeel Publishing.
As early as it gets. Dr. Seuss and his midnight paintings ; Theodore Roosevelt
Very early. Dartmouth ; Paris ; Advertising and editorial work
Pretty early. The Murphy calendar company ; And to think that I saw it on Mulberry street ; The rape of the Sabine woman & the seven Lady Godivas ; Collection of unorthodox taxidermy
Still early. Horton ; Secrets of the deep ; Marine muggs ; The sad, sad story of the obsks
Less early. The war years
No longer early. The postwar years ; McElligot's pool ; Children want to be entertained
Later. La Jolla birdwomen
A little later. The cat behind the hat ; How Orlo got his book ; The grinch
Even later. Happy birthday to you!
Somewhat later still. Green eggs and ham ; Boids and beasties
Significantly later. Seussian abstraction
As late as it gets. Oh, the places you'll go!.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Everyone who grew up entertained, provoked, and enlightened by Dr. Seuss books will love this big, color-saturated volume covering 70 years of published and private art by the master of smart, loopy fun. Here are examples of Theodor Geisel's clever, now ironic advertising work, including a rambunctious campaign for Flit, an insecticide containing DDT. Geisel's political cartoons and magazine illustrations are animated by his phenomenal gift for line and color, mischievous humor, and humanitarian values. It is thrilling, too, to see the original drawings for Green Eggs and Ham and other Seuss classics. But the big discoveries in this bountiful and redefining volume are his Midnight Paintings, surreal watercolors, oils, and acrylics featuring tiny figures in a vast, labyrinthine world, and private versions of his expressive characters, especially the Cat, his alternate identity. Geisel's vibrant, trippy, hilarious, and poignant art plays on Hieronymus Bosch, M. C. Escher, and Persian miniatures. Every creature, plant, architectural marvel, object, and landscape is wriggling, leaping, flying, arcing, tilting, and rolling. When he dives into abstraction, he plunges into a deep chromatic sea, while his taxidermic sculptures prove just how real his sweet and goofy invented critters were to him. Spectacular reproductions and excellent, if episodic, commentary map Geisel's exuberant, world-altering artistic journey on what he would call long wiggled roads into weirdish wild space. --Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Those who know Dr. Seuss mostly via his Cat or Grinch will appreciate the portrait of the artist as a young man named Ted Geisel contained in this volume of reminiscences and art work (originally published as Secrets of the Deep). Geisel graduated from Dartmouth in 1925 and pursued graduate studies at Oxford, hoping to become a professor. A suggestion from his classmate and future wife prompted a move to New York City, where Geisel drew advertisements and cartoons. His early work balances naivete and sophistication: the marrying bugs in "The Flit Gun Wedding" live under threat of insecticide, while a Ballyhoo magazine cover boy reads The Facts of Life. Even in his so-called serious artwork, Geisel seemed compelled to embellish his images with clever turns of phrase: a man carrying a very large, long-necked, yellow bird is described as "A Man Who Has Made an Unwise Purchase." Geisel's animal sculptures-the heads of imaginary creatures mounted like game for display-have wonderful monikers, such as "Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn." The book also features original layouts from Geisel's most famous children's books. Altogether, this collection makes it easy to fall in love with Dr. Seuss again. Illus. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Seuss, -- Dr. -- Exhibitions.
Seuss, -- Dr. -- Illustrations -- Exhibitions.
Art, American -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Illustration of books -- United States -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Illustrators -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher Chicago : Kansas City, Mo. :Chase Art ;2012
Distributed by Andrews McMeel Pub.,
Edition 1st rev. ed.
Other Titles Secrets of the deep.
Doctor Seuss :
Cat behind the hat
Contributors Geisel, Theodor Seuss, 1904-1991. Secrets of the deep.
Smith, Caroline M., writer of added commentary.
Dreyer, William W., compiler, editor.
Reagan, Michael, compiler, editor.
Chase, Robert, Jr., compiler, editor.
Language English
Notes Subtitle on cover: "The art of Dr. Seuss."
Rev. ed. of Secrets of the deep. 2010.
"Originally published as Secrets of the deep in connection with The art of Dr. Seuss, an ongoing series of exhibitions"--P.[3] of cover.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [320]).
Description 319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm
ISBN 9781449432607 (hardcover)
1449432603 (hardcover)
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