Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Schlopp. Schlopp. Beautiful Schlopp.

Beautiful schlopp with a cherry on top.
Dr. Seuss could always sum life up in a way nobody else could.

His writings and illustrations, quoted and shown above, are from his book "Oh the Thinks You Can Think!". I must have read that book a thousand times and I never got tired of reading it or looking at the pictures.

I find his illustrations remind me of well known artists, especially the surrealists, like

Salvador Dali (born the same year as Dr. Seuss) and Giorgio de Chirico.For example Giorgio de Chirico's Melancholy and mystery of a street.

So why is it that Theodor Seuss Geisel's, work doesn't appear in any of my fine art or English lit books? There are other cartoonists ( sorry about all the links) in my Jansen History of Art book.

The first time I attended college, I majored in Fine Art. I took classes in painting, drawing, lithography, art history and English literature. Not once did any professor mention Dr. Seuss.

In fact, I was taught by these community college art/literature professors to be an "art snob". We learned all about the famous da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Picasso, blah blah blah. Don't get me wrong, I love these artists; I would kill to be able to be able to visit the Louvre at least once in this lifetime. But I remember the look my art history prof gave a student for asking why Norman Rockwell wasn't included in our book. Well, after that, I wouldn't dream of asking about Dr. Seuss. I rebelled in High School, not college.

Now I recognize what the profs were doing, but now I choose to like who I like, and not because everyone else likes them. Obviously if you've read my Saturday Sounds posts, you know. I feel the same way about music.

I'm lucky that my husband encourages me to decorate our house whatever way I want.

He never rolled his eyes once while I painted this Dr. Seuss fence on our living room wall. Note,the Grackle was my addition to the fence, not Seuss's.
My daughter also proudly displays his artwork on her person.

Oh and did I mention Dr. Seuss and I went to the same High School? Different years though.


Shelly Overlook said...

Until we were in Hawaii for our wedding/honeymoon and happened upon a gallery, I never realized that Dr. Seuss did adult paintings and sculptures. I fell in love with several and would LOVE to have one, but unless I win the lottery, it isn't happening. I really really like his stuff. As for your wall that you painted? Fantastic!

MereCat said...

I LOVE Dr. Seuss. And you painted that? That's terrific!

barb said...

Dr. Seuss' writing and the illustrations are awesome! The older I get, the more I like him!

I give people basically the same advice when they ask me what they need to know about wine. I tell them as far as I am concerned, there is only one rule... do you like it?

Kathy B! said...

I LOVE the Seussian influence in your life. And how cool is it that you went to the same high school?!

intricatelycomplex said...

I love Dr Seuss! As does my daughter! We normally read a story every night before bed and more often than not, its one of the 4 dr suess books that she has! I can't wait until her b'day at the end of the month to give her a box set of 20 books by him!!!
I love your artwork!!!

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