THE HUFFINGTON POST |
Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, passed away in 1991, having written and illustrated over 60 children’s tales of enchanted animals in foreign lands, embarking on adventures, learning lessons, and improbably rhyming all the while. What few people knew, however, was that after dark, Seuss switched gears a bit, shifting from his storybook illustrations to what he dubbed “Midnight Paintings,” fine artworks made in secret, purely for pleasure.
The images, rendered in the artist’s beloved legible, cartoonish style, depict Seussian planets packed with turtles, squirrels, fish and cats, each anthropomorphized and frozen in motion. In one drawing, a fancy bird sips a martini while in another, a pair of squirrels play patty-cake atop a bending branch. This is Seuss’ world, detached from any singular story or narrative trajectory… Read more
Image: Liss Gallery. “Martini Bird.”