The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss
Theodore Seuss Geisel, Audrey Geisel, with Introduction by Maurice Sendak.
ISBN: 0679434488

Originally published in 1995, this book is a collection of works which Theodore Geisel, more commonly referred to as Dr. Seuss, did for his own pleasure, in his spare time. It contains some incredible imagery, some of which one would not expect from the good Doctor.

Shown for the first time to the public, this collection of 65 images demonstrates Dr. Seuss' ability as an artist. The color and individuality of these works are naught to be equalled. I wish that I could get full size prints of these but for now it is possibly the best coffee table book in existence for eccentrics like moi.

While searching for a book of landscape art to satisfy an art project, I managed to stumble upon this book at my library. I'm glad I did, as Dr. Seuss's artwork is incredible. His color choices are simply amazing.

I was deeply impressed. So, naturally, I came on here ready to expound on the artistic abilities of Dr. Seuss. Not only did he write his books, he illustrated them too!

And then I thought about it... rather than expounding, I'll just find the images on the web and tell you how to get to them.

Unfortunately, getting to the images is kind of convoluted, since the best place to find them that I found was an art gallery that's selling prints of the pieces. Yes, that's right, if you really like them, and you're feeling wealthy, you can buy a copy for yourself. Unfortunately, the prices are a bit steep, with the lowest price being around $350 and the average price being over $1,000. Also, some of the prints are sold out.


Now, a step by step method to get to see quite a few of the images in the book:

  1. Go to this website: http://www.florida-art-gallery.com/secret_art_of_dr_seuss.htm
  2. Scroll down past those first few images, stopping a little bit below the image of the Mulberry Street Unicorn where "Fooling Nobody" is in quotation marks.
  3. Click on the link labeled "Follow this link to view this image".
  4. This should have brought you to a website with frames. In the side frame are several of Seuss's paintings. If you scroll down in that side frame you will eventually see PREV and NEXT links, which behave just like normal search result previous and next links. Click on them to surf through that website's collection of paintings from The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.
  5. Clicking on any of the images in the side frame brings it up in the main frame along with a short description.
  6. Clicking on the image once it is in the main frame brings up a slightly bigger version of the image.
  7. Browse away!

These images do not do the pictures justice. They have a copyright water mark in the image, and, I think, have been digitally edited so that the colors aren't as vibrant as they are in the book. Some of the images in the book aren't reproduced on the website. If you find you like those images that are present, I highly recommend that you see if your local library carries the book. It's worth checking out just to see the images in much better detail.

In my brief search for these images, I browsed through several websites that also were selling prints, but most of those websites had no more than three of the images actually visible. So, if you find an image you like, you might be able to find it elsewhere online. You might be able to find better print prices elsewhere as well.

I hope I can convince my teacher that some of Dr. Seuss's paintings count as landscapes. I would have great fun making my landscapes feel as alive as his do.

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