I have said that Ted knew he would leave big footprints after he was gone, but he couldn't possibly have known the astounding impact his legacy would have on the worlds of art, literature, pop, and high culture. (Audrey Geisel)
Ted Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) expressed to his wife Audrey that he wished to wait until he was gone before introducing his private artworks to the public. (Preface, William W. Dreyer)
Dr. Seus was a storyteller in the grandest sense of the word. (Introduction, Robert Chase Jr.)
Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Ted Geisel created a body of irrepressible work during his leisure hours that he called his "Midnight Paintings," which have now become known as "The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss."
"Originally published as Secrets of the Deep. [Dr. Seuss: the Cat Behind the Hat is the] First Revised Edition." T.p. verso
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"This book was originally published as Secrets of the Deep in connection with The Art of Dr. Seuss, an ongoing series of exhibitions highlighting the artistic talent of Theodor Suess Geisel. This project includes a comprehensive collection of authorized Estate Editions, adapted and reproduced from Ted Geisel's original drawings, paintings, and sculptures. The Art of Dr. Seuss has traveled to galleries, museums, and public spaces. To received notices on gallery exhibitions, new artwork releases, or to find a gallery where you can view and acquire works from The Art of Dr. Seuss, visit: www.Dr.SeussArt.com/signup."
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"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."--from publisher's description… (more)