Children’s writer creates secret art collection

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is world renowned for his work with children’s books and cartoony illustrations. His stories entertained me at a young age and continue to bring a smile to my face even now. However, there is a side of this magnificently talented writer that few people are aware of, perhaps because he never intended for many people to know.

Though the majority of his fame came from his widely popular children’s books, what impresses me most about this intriguingly creative writer is what he does with pictures rather than words. Many people know that he illustrated each page in his books himself, but he also kept a large gallery of secret art he painted himself over a 60 year period.

His art can be described as surrealism, a style of art usually associated with dreamscapes and symbolism. This style was made famous by Salvador Dali, but Seuss, in my opinion, has captured the style and twisted it into something unique to him. The paintings depict many of the common creatures in his books, only on a much more surreal and emotionally disrupted level. With titles such as “Absolutely Dead” and “My Petunia Can Lick Your Geranium,” it’s plain to see without even looking that he is not the common artist. After seeing the actual paintings, it becomes even clearer.

In addition to his surrealist masterpieces, he also has an archive of even more art, which includes a few political cartoons, such as “The Knotty Problem at Capitol Hill.”

Seuss has been someone I was interested in learning more about since a very young age, but after finding out about the multitude of his secret art, he became awe-inspiring in every light.