Dr Seuss

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http://www.thetjmccoyblog.com/dr-seuss/ “5 Powerful Dr. Seuss Quotes To Live By.” The TJ McCoy Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.

Dr Suess is a fancy famous artist, that was born on March 2 of 2004, and died on September 24, 1991. He was an American child’s author , poet, and artist.He published in his lifetime total of more than 60 books.Among his best known works are The Cat in the Hat. Suess was also know as an illustrator and illustrated most of his own books. His children’s books are to this day popular in the United States and other countries, and edited several times for film and television. His art work is very bright, sensual, visually rich, and extremely detailed. Its very appealing for kids starting to read and even for parents.

Dr Suess’s art works consisted of paintings and drawings. He mostly include photographs of many sculptures created by Geisel. Both forms of art display the characteristic style and form that can be seen in all of his children’s books. All of Dr Seuss’s sculptures display the same themes, which are taxidermy and trophy hunting. Taxidermy is the type of art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals. Each sculpture takes the form of an imaginary and fantastic creature displayed on a wood mount in the style of a hunting trophy. Most of his pieces in this category make use of authentic animal parts.

Dr. Seuss used a wide variety of media in his art. In keeping with the post-modernist tradition, Seuss is very experimental with his media; he even uses a hinged window frame and screen as a frame for one of his oil paintings.

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http://thegiggleguide.com/bookworm/2011-04/lost-dr-seuss-stories-found ““Lost” Dr. Seuss Stories Found.” “Lost” Dr. Seuss Stories Found. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

Dr Seuss favoured medium is watercolour, usually either on bristol or illustration board. He also makes ample use of ink or pen, oil, and acrylic. This selection of media helps to expand his distinctive style.

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http://www.geekinheels.com/2012/02/15/dr-seuss-taxidermy.html “Dr. Seuss Taxidermy | Geek in Heels.” Geek in Heels Dr Seuss Taxidermy Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

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http://thebiscuitboy.deviantart.com/art/Dr-Seuss-Taxidermy-196545558 “Deviant Art.” Dr Seuss Taxidermy by Thebiscuitboy on DeviantArt. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

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http://inthralld.com/2012/10/seuss-inspired-sculpted-taxidermy-by-carl-turner/ “Seuss Inspired Sculpted Taxidermy by Carl Turner.” Inthralld. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

Taxidermy is always an interesting form of design for interior walls– and though plenty of people either love it or love to hate it, these sculpted pieces of art could prove to be a happy medium for many. Dr.Seuss himself did not make the taxidermy sculptures, instead he ‘inspired’ them, the sculptures were in fact made by the artist Carl Turner. The most distinct aspect of Dr Seuss’s sculpture is his choice of medium. As seen above, all of his sculptures take the form of hunting-lodge trophies in the forms of surreal or fantasy animals.

The message Dr Seuss had and still can be seen through his work, is political messages these are found in many of his books. Not only was Dr Seuss a cartoonist and author for children but he was also a liberal and a moralist who expressed his views in his books through the use of ridicule, satire, wordplay, nonsense words, and wild drawings to take aim at bullies, hypocrites, and demagogues.

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat was written as a challenge in 1954 in response to an article in Life Magazine that claimed that widespread illiteracy was caused by children being bored with books. The book had an underlying theme that endorsed rebellion in children.

There are many more books that reflect this message such as Horton Hears a Who, Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches, The Lorax, Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! And The Butter Battle Book. 

Dr Seuss’s art message was political, there by he was inspired in his work by war and Adolf Hitler, and Japan. During World War II , Dr Seuss shifted, and he began contributing weekly political cartoons to PM magazine, a liberal publication. Too old for the draft, but wanting to contribute to the war effort, Dr Seuss served with Frank Capra’s Signal Corps (U.S. Army) making training movies. It was here that he was introduced to the art of animation and developed a series of animated training films featuring a trainee called Private Snafu.

For this project my partner and I, were with out any doubts attracted to Dr Seuss. When we had to think of an artist she directly said Dr Seuss, and I accepted straight away. To me it was a great choice because I could remember reading Dr Seuss’s books being younger and loving the pictures in them. The fact that his art is more approaching towards kids art is also why I wanted to work on this artist. Kids art is usually very originally but still reflect on the reality of the world, it is VERY colourful and attractive to look at. Let’s say it in other words, it is NEVER boring art.

SOURCES

“Theodor Seuss Geisel – “Dr. Seuss” Biography.” Theodor Seuss Geisel – “Dr. Seuss” Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.

“Dr. Seuss.” – Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

“The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used to Create His Greatest Work.” (And Why You Should Use It Too). N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

“Dr. Seuss Found Inspiration in His Boyhood Home of Springfield – The Boston Globe.” BostonGlobe.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

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One comment

  1. aussiedutchman · January 13, 2015

    An interesting post Margot. He is quite a fantastic character and a good choice. Two points to be aware of: 1. Some of the text is taken directly from another website. If this is the case, either include it as a ‘quote’ or write it in your own words (this is better). 2. Seuss himself did not make the Taxidermy sculptures that you have included – he ‘inspired’ them. The artist Carl Turner made them. It is still great to have included them but please clarify this point.

    Could you please change these two things.

    Well done otherwise
    ER

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