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Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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*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.” --Donna Seaman
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Chase Art Companies:
Beyond the familiar faces featured in Dr. Seuss’s children’s books, Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created a separate body of paintings and sculptures, which have rarely been seen by the public. Since 1997 Chase Art Companies has worked to bring this collection of artworks into the public view. Reproductions of those images, as well as limited editions derived from his original book illustrations, are exhibited in galleries and museums around the world alongside the works of Rembrandt, Picasso, Miró, and Warhol. To learn more about The Art of Dr. Seuss please visit www.DrSeussArt.com.
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