Today is the 107th birthday of Ted Geisel. That’s Dr. Seuss for you heathens out there that didn’t know.
What many don’t know though is that before the books, there was the artist that doodled and created sculptures. All through his life Ted wrote, drew, painted, and sculpted wonderfully whimsical artwork that tugged at the child inside each of us while allowing the adult mind to see beyond to the surface to the social commentary within.
Seuss’s 1930’s creations A Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy is a great example of his talent that can be enjoyed by everyone through the 1997 The Art of Dr. Seuss project. Collectors were offered the opportunity to purchase lithographs, serigraphs and sculpture reproduced from Seuss’s original drawings and paintings.
In her introduction to the collection Audrey Geisel (Dr. Seuss’s wife) 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.”
Click through the jump to see more of Seuss’s Taxonomic wonders.
In the early 1930s, Ted Geisel (Dr Seuss) created what he called A Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy, a menagerie of Seussian animals constructed from real animal beaks and horns. What was most unusual for the mixed media sculptures was the use of real animal parts, including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Geisel’s father was superintendent. On the heals of that project, Seuss embarked upon a second collection which he termed the “Marine Muggs,” this time of sea-going creatures that he ultimately linked to a 1937 advertising promotion at New York’s National Motor Boat Show.
In describing Seuss’s 1937 boat show exhibit, a reporter for Yachting wrote, “From the briny depths of the imagination of the famous designer, Dr. Seuss . . . comes a collection of the weirdest denizens of the deep ever imagined in the wildest nightmare of a skipper.”
1. Mulberry Street Unicorn
2. Kangaroo Bird
3. Anthony Drexel Goldfarb
4. Turtle-Necked Sea-Turtle
5. Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn
7. Andulovian Grackler
8. Blue Green Abelard
9. Flaming Herring
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