THE DARK SOUL OF DR. SEUSS. THE MIDNIGHT PAINTINGS COLLECTION



Painting : "Abduction Of The Sabine Woman" Dr. Seuss Properties TM & © 2016 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 

Dubbed, "The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals" (Look Magazine, 1938), Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was much more than the children's books he created with unique vision and creative imagination. His eminence began his career as a illustrator for magazines, such as Life to Vanity Fair! He created ads in his signature style for big industry too, Ford, Standard Oil, General Electric etc., the BIG BALLERS. 

The good Doctor surprisingly did not compromise his style for these clients. Check this radical depiction of Hell for GE. File under 'Amaze Balls'.

Anyone working in advertising today, try and get this through the layered approval processes of big clients!

Top Image : Ad for General Electric. Dr. Seuss
Bottom Image : "Ted At Easel" Dr. Seuss Properties TM & © 2016 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 

Political cartoonist during WWII, a young Dr. Seuss also produced a series of inventive sculptures entitled the 'Collection Of Unorthodox Taxidermy' in the 1930's.

The 'Midnight Paintings' or 'secret' art of Dr. Seuss is an amazing body of work. Released posthumously per the artist's instruction, you will notice many of the same characters that inhabit the Seussian world but in much different settings and subject matter. 


Left Painting : "The Stag At Eve" Dr. Seuss Properties TM & © 2016 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 
Right Painting : "Green Cat With Lights" Dr. Seuss Properties TM & © 2016 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 

It's not all dark per se, but the paintings taken as a whole deal with much more mature themes. His cats gamble, smoke, and get ostracized. Characters have vices, their underbelly's are exposed. 

In this collection of work, spanning his professional lifetime, you can see him explore different art styles in line with the art movements du jour. Besides working in the surreal, some works illustrate an exploration of Cubism, with the work, 'Cat Detective In The Wrong Part Of Town', Fauvism, in such pieces as, 'Love and Music', and 'Worm Burning Bright In the Forest Of Night', and even MC Escher's illusions, 'Pink-Tufted Small Beast in Night Landscape'. 



Top Painting : "Firebird" Dr. Seuss Properties TM & © 2016 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 
Bottom Painting : "Cat Detective In The Wrong Part Of Town" Dr. Seuss Properties TM & © 2016 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

I feel there are also a few pieces that pay homage to the Japanese print maker, Hokusai, and his iconic, 'Under The Wave Off Kanagawa' aka 'The Great Wave'. Have a look at the paintings, 'Firebird' (pictured in article) and, 'Freebird'.

It's most dope that Dr. Seuss brings these world's into his. His trademark characters inhabit these new environments with flare. In the 'Midnight Paintings' you also see his characters more fleshed out, as he abandons his color blocking techniques for more variations of shading, and brush work.


Painting : "Cat From The Wrong Side Of The Tracks" Dr. Seuss Properties TM & © 2016 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 

It's ill to see this work exists, and the variety of it. A dope foil to his children's books, perhaps a more complete picture of the artist we all know as Dr. Seuss.

You can purchase a book of 'Midnight Paintings' at Amazon, 'The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss'. For prints and original artwork enquire at DrSeussArt.com.

Check the below video of Dr. Seuss' 'Midnight Paintings' for more infokill :




Painting : "Fooling Nobody" Dr. Seuss Properties TM & © 2016 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 


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