How do I purchase Dr. Seuss artworks?
If you reached this official Dr. Seuss website through an Authorized Dr. Seuss Gallery; please contact the Gallery for details on pricing and availability. To contact the gallery, navigate back to their main page for contact information. The Chase Group is the exclusive publisher for Dr. Seuss Artworks and is the content provider for this website, however, prints and sculptures are only available for acquisition through your Authorized Dr. Seuss Gallery. To verify dealer status, contact the Chase Group at 888-224-2731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Did Ted Geisel (a.k.a Dr. Seuss) write and illustrate his books?
He wrote and illustrated 44 books for children under the name Dr. Seuss, and wrote additional books for children under the pen name, Theo LeSieg. In the introduction to Seuss’s 1987 retrospective exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art, Steven Brezzo, Director of the museum at the time wrote, “Why were these works so important to us? Perhaps because Dr. Seuss accepted for a fact our own youthful artistic openness. Every page was a new and stimulating visual adventure with an endless variety of amusing creatures and expressionistic sets. Like his stories, his text illustrations were a poke in the eye of literary and artistic convention.”
The Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. These fantastical images have the inimitable style of Geisel’s alter ego, Dr. Seuss, frequently depicting outlandish creatures in otherworldly settings. The Seuss humor is also evident, as well as the insight that often gave his stories deeper meaning. However, these works break new ground, using a dazzling rainbow of hues not seen in the primary-color palette of Geisel’s books for children.
For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page as in the above mentioned Secret Art. Seuss always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone. Audrey, too, believed the work deserved further recognition and that Ted himself would some day be evaluated not only as an author, but as an artist in his own right.
Were any Dr. Seuss serigraphs, lithographs or sculpture published during his lifetime?
No. All of the original works were created by Dr. Seuss during his lifetime, yet despite the incredible demand for published Seuss artwork, no limited edition pieces were ever created until this historic project began in 1997, six years after Geisel’s death. The edition and all screens utilized to create this edition are authorized by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and were made posthumously.
One of the primary goals of the "Art of Dr. Seuss" project is to educate the public with information detailing the history of this celebrated collection. From the project’s inception in 1997, we have educated thousands of people including collectors, galleries, museums, curators and the media with precise information designed to edify Seuss enthusiasts and sophisticated art collectors alike.
This collection touches on some of the most memorable and iconographic images from Seuss’s career as author and illustrator. The majority of these works have been reproduced using an historic technique called hand-pulled lithography. This intentionally “low-tech” method involves highly skilled artisans and master printers whose job it is to faithfully recreate Seuss’s original works by individually drawing and/or separating each color, then mixing and printing them one at a time via a plate or stone lithograph press. It can take up to three months to create each individual print utilizing this traditional print making method. The result is a beautifully created artwork, second only to the original itself. (Complete documentation of each print is included in the Certificate of Authenticity.) A Guide to the New York Print and Photograph Law http://www.collegeart.org/guidelines/photolaw.html serves as the foundation for these reproductions and is considered the gold standard in the industry. The College Art Association (CAA) http://www.collegeart.org/ has established a set of legal and ethical guidelines for practitioners, enthusiasts and interpreters of art.
2. The Secret Art and Archive Collections
These two collections explore the paintings and illustrations done both privately for Seuss’s own pleasure and publicly for historic projects such as Seuss advertisements, political cartoons and several lesser known books. Many of these works have been reproduced using hand-pulled serigraphy, also known as silkscreen printing. This method gained prominence in the mid 1960s when artists such as Andy Warhol took notice of silkscreen’s potential for fine art printmaking and began utilizing it to create multiple layer graphics full of bright colors and crisp detail.
Like hand-pulled lithography, this intentionally “low-tech” method is usually carried out under the direction of a master printmaker who must carefully breakdown an original painting into its many colors, and then individually draw and/or separate, mix and print each color, one layer at a time. Many of the Seuss prints are so complex that it can take up to 70 individually printed colors to faithfully reproduce Seuss’s original painting.
Geisel embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. 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.
Nearly all of Geisel’s original artwork was signed by him over the approximately 60 years in which it was created. Because the reproductions included in The Art of Dr. Seuss project were created after his lifetime, each limited edition lithograph and serigraph bears an Authorized Printed Signature and each sculpture an Authorized Engraved Signature, identifying the work as an exclusively authorized limited edition commissioned by the Seuss Estate. (Works published in this manner are oftentimes referred to as estate or posthumous editions.)
Yes, each work in the collection is reproduced from Seuss’s original drawings, paintings or sculpture. In many cases the original works still exist and are archived in the Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego, or in the Geisel family’s private collection. The works held by the Geisel family have been designated for placement into a permanent public archive at the family’s discretion. Very few originals are known to have made it into the hands of private collectors, therefore the serigraphs, lithographs and sculptures included in this collection offer, in many cases, the only opportunity to collect these images.
Yes, these works are in extremely small editions. Recent sales figures indicate that over 500 million Dr. Seuss books have been sold to date. The Art of Dr. Seuss editions range from just 350 pieces to 2,750 per edition, leaving only a small fraction of Seuss fans with the chance to collect these graphics and sculptures.
Yes, the publisher provides a comprehensive document giving prospective collectors specific information regarding the processes used to create each Dr. Seuss piece. The Certificates of Authenticity state what the work is, how it was created, when it was made, the limits of the edition, and other pertinent information specific to each work.
The Patron Program is designed to allow collectors the opportunity to acquire the same edition number for each Dr. Seuss release per calendar year. A separate portion of each edition is reserved for Patron collectors, numbered I/XCIX – XCIX/XCIX [1-99]. A patron collector commits to acquiring all releases from a specific year for the collection.
What is a Collaborator’s Proof?
Similar to an Artist’s Proof (AP), the Collaborator’s Proof, or —CP, was created in collaboration with the printer, publisher and the Dr. Seuss Estate. This portion of the edition is reserved for special gallery exhibitions, and is made available only after the regular edition has sold out.