(Belated) Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

And, now to the (not-so) secret art of the genius!

Like so many of you, I, too, am a big fan of Dr. Seuss. So, I was very excited to see INGENIOUS! THE WORLD OF DR. SEUSS at the SAN DIEGO HISTORY CENTER this past winter. Here are a few of my favorite rooms and paintings from the show.

The postcard room included make your own postcard with a message of cheer, which, you could drop into the canvas bag. These postcards would be mailed to children without families.

And, now the paintings.

“Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Dr. Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Works in the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. These “Midnight Paintings,” along with significant drawings and sculpture, were often created by Dr. Seuss at night for his own personal enjoyment and were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime. The original paintings and sculpture, which remain in their respective collections, are considered priceless and will not be made available for sale.” (From The Art of Dr. Seuss)

The Economic Situation Clarified. 1975. Pen and Ink on Bristol Board
The Economic Situation Clarified. 1975. Pen and Ink on Bristol Board
Dr. Seuss. I Dreamed I Was a Doorman at the Hotel del Coronado. 1970. Acrylic on Canvas.
Dr. Seuss. I Dreamed I Was a Doorman at the Hotel del Coronado. 1970. Acrylic on Canvas.

 

Dr. Seuss. The Joyous Leaping of Uncanned Salmon. Acrylic on Canvas Board.
Dr. Seuss. The Joyous Leaping of Uncanned Salmon. Acrylic on Canvas Board.
Dr. Seuss.  Joseph Katz and His Coat of Many Colors. 1970. Acrylic on canvas board.
Dr. Seuss. Joseph Katz and His Coat of Many Colors. 1970. Acrylic on canvas board.
r. Seuss. Worm Burning Bright in the Forest in the Night. 1969. Oil on illustration board.
Dr. Seuss. Worm Burning Bright in the Forest in the Night. 1969. Oil on illustration board.
 Dr. Seuss. Green Cat with Lights. Original oil on illustration board.
Dr. Seuss. Green Cat with Lights. Original oil on illustration board.

 

Dr. Seuss. Cat Detective in the Wrong Part of Town. 1969. Pencil and watercolor on illustration board.
Dr. Seuss. Cat Detective in the Wrong Part of Town. 1969. Pencil and watercolor on illustration board.

Oh dear! I can’t stop here is the last one – and i leave you to browse more of his brilliance on the Art of Dr.Seuss.

Dr. Suess. Surly Cat Being Ejected.Gouache and enamel on illustration board.
Dr. Suess. Surly Cat Being Ejected.Gouache and enamel on illustration board.

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