Dr. Seuss’ illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds for more than 60 years. His artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his Secret Art Collection is virtually unknown to the general public.
Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created paintings and sculpture that he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate throughout his lifetime.
CV Art and Frame, a fine art gallery celebrating its 40th anniversary, will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection at the Zionsville Gallery Nov. 22 through Dec. 8. Visitors can explore and acquire works from Geisel’s best-known children’s books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork that he created at night for his own personal pleasure. Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Geisel’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures with names like The Carbonic Walrus, The Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and the Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast, to name a few.
Amazingly, despite the unprecedented demand during his lifetime, no limited edition artworks were ever conceived, authorized, or created until this historic project began in 1997, six years after Geisel’s death. That year, this exclusive project put into motion a series of artworks and exhibitions which firmly established him as one of the most iconic artistic talents of the 20th century.
Each of these Estate-Authorized limited editions has been adapted and reproduced from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, or sculptures. Additionally, each work bears a posthumously printed or engraved Dr. Seuss signature, identifying the work as an authorized limited edition commissioned by the Dr. Seuss Estate.
In her preface to the popular coffee table book on this collection, The Cat Behind the Hat, Audrey Geisel (Ted Geisel’s widow) writes: “I’m gratified to carry out Ted’s wishes and have these works revealed to the world.”
The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection will be on display and available for acquisition from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8 at CV Art and Frame, 110 S. Main St., Zionsville. The opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 22.
For more information, visit the website at cvartandframe.com/.