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Did Ted Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss) write and illustrate his book?
He wrote and illustrated 44 books for children under the name Dr. Seuss, and wrote additional books for children under the pen name, Theo LeSieg. In the introduction to Seuss’s 1987 retrospective exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art, Steven Brezzo, Director of the museum at the time wrote, “Why were these works so important to us? Perhaps because Dr. Seuss accepted for a fact our own youthful artistic openness. Every page was a new and stimulating visual adventure with an endless variety of amusing creatures and expressionistic sets. Like his stories, his text illustrations were a poke in the eye of literary and artistic convention.”
What is the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss?
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 fantastical images have the inimitable style of Geisel’s alter ego, Dr. Seuss, frequently depicting outlandish creatures in otherworldly settings. The Seuss humor is also evident, as well as the insight that often gave his stories deeper meaning. However, these works break new ground, using a dazzling rainbow of hues not seen in the primary-color palette of Geisel’s books for children.
HOW DID THE ART OF DR. SEUSS PROJECT COME TO FRUITION?
For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page. Seuss always dreamed of sharing his “Secret Art” with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone. Audrey, too, believed the work deserved further recognition and that Ted himself would some day be evaluated not only as an author, but as an artist in his own right.
In 1997, this dream was realized when The Art of Dr. Seuss project was launched. For the first time collectors were able to see and acquire fine art prints and sculpture reproduced from Geisel’s original drawings and paintings. In her introduction to the collection Audrey Geisel wrote, “I remember telling Ted that there would come a day when many of his paintings would be seen and he would thus share with his fans another facet of himself – his private self. That day has come. I am glad.”
This historic project has opened the world’s eyes to the unique artistic talent of Dr. Seuss and, as such, galleries, museums, and collectors have helped make Audrey Geisel’s promise, and Dr. Seuss’s dream, a reality.
WERE ANY DR. SEUSS FINE ART PRINTS OR SCULPTURES PUBLISHED DURING HIS LIFETIME?
No. All of the original works were obviously created by Dr. Seuss during his lifetime, yet, despite the incredible demand for published Seuss artwork, no limited edition pieces were ever created until this historic project began in 1997, six years after Ted Geisel’s death. All of these limited edition artworks are authorized by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and were made posthumously.
ARE THESE WORKS SIGNED BY DR. SEUSS?
Nearly all of Dr. Seuss’s original artwork was signed by him over the approximately 60 years during which it was created. Because the reproductions included in The Art of Dr. Seuss project were created after his lifetime, each limited edition lithograph and serigraph bears an Authorized Printed Signature and each sculpture an Authorized Engraved Signature, identifying the work as an exclusively authorized limited edition commissioned by the Seuss Estate. (Works published in this manner are oftentimes referred to as estate or posthumous editions.)
DO THESE WORKS EXIST IN ANY OTHER FORM?
Yes, each work in the collection is reproduced from Dr. Seuss’s original drawings, paintings, or sculpture. In many cases the original works still exist and are archived in the Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego, or in the Geisel family’s private collection. The works held by the Geisel family have been designated for placement into a permanent public archive at the family’s discretion. Very few originals are known to have made it into the hands of private collectors, therefore the prints and sculptures included in this collection offer, in many cases, the only opportunity to collect these images. Theodor Geisel was granted the exclusive right to reproduce or distribute his images per United States copyright and trademark law. Upon his death, those exclusive rights passed to his wife, Audrey Geisel, and it is only with her permission that these works can be licensed or distributed. Although many of the images have appeared in Seuss books, advertisements, or political cartoons over the years, all of the works in The Art of Dr. Seuss collection are created in an exclusive publishing arrangement with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Audrey Geisel, thereby assuring their authenticity and rarity. Some works may be created in more than one size and/or medium, but in each instance the materials utilized to create the works are destroyed upon completion of an edition.
IS THERE A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY ISSUED FOR THESE WORKS?
Yes, the publisher provides a comprehensive document giving prospective collectors specific information regarding the processes used to create each Dr. Seuss piece. The Certificates of Authenticity state what the work is, how it was created, when it was made, the limits of the edition, and other pertinent information specific to each work. A sample certificate can be provided for your review prior to making an acquisition.
ARE ALL WORKS IN THE COLLECTION CREATED IN LIMITED EDITIONS?
Yes, these works are in extremely small editions. Recent sales figures indicate that over 600 million Dr. Seuss books have been sold to date. The Art of Dr. Seuss editions range from just 350 pieces to 2,750 per edition, leaving only a small fraction of Seuss fans with the chance to collect these graphics and sculptures.
WHAT DO THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE EDITION MEAN?
In fine art publishing an edition number represents the number of prints or sculptures made of that image, at that size and in that medium. Two numbers are written in a lower corner of a print or on the back or edge of a sculpture. The bottom number represents the total amount of pieces in that portion of that edition and the top number represents the place in the order of the edition that particular piece is.
Arabic Numbers represent the main portion of the edition. Most collectors who acquire an artwork from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection will receive an Arabic numbered piece.
The Patron Program is designed to allow collectors the opportunity to acquire the same edition number for each Dr. Seuss release per calendar year. A separate portion of each edition is reserved for Patron collectors, numbered I/XCIX – XCIX/XCIX [1-99]. A patron collector commits to acquiring all releases from a specific year for the collection.
Similar to an Artist’s Proof (AP), the Collaborators’ Proof, or CP, was created in collaboration with the printer, publisher, and the Dr. Seuss Estate. This portion of the edition is reserved for special gallery exhibitions and is made available only after the Arabic edition has sold out.
Hors d’Commerce are those pieces that are not available for sale. They are reserved for the publisher and The Dr. Seuss Estate.
HOW ARE ARTWORKS IN THE ART OF DR. SEUSS COLLECTION PRODUCED?
One of the primary goals of The Art of Dr. Seuss project is to educate the public with information detailing the history of this celebrated collection. From the project’s inception in 1997, we have educated thousands of people including collectors, galleries, museums, curators, and the media with precise information designed to edify Dr. Seuss enthusiasts and sophisticated art collectors alike.
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HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF ARTWORK I'VE ALREADY ACQUIRED?
Your artwork was crafted with painstaking attention to detail. With proper care your artwork will kindle your spirit and add fun to your halls and walls for years to come.
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