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Dr. Seuss AKA Stroogo Von M.

Green Cat with Lights by Dr. Seuss

In his early career as a magazine humorist and advertising-copy artist, the nom de plume underwent a number of per­mutations—Theo Seuss 2nd, Dr. Theo­phrastus Seuss, and the cumbersome Dr. Theodophilus Seuss, Ph.D, I.Q., H2SO4. Geisel started to recede, even as Seuss enlarged. When a children’s book titled And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by “Dr. Seuss” appeared in 1937, the future was set.  Four “fame-producing” decades later and Ted’s painting, Green Cat with Lights, has been completed and mysteriously signed, “Stroogo Von M.” But why? 

Audrey Geisel says “ Ted liked to hang that artwork in the entryway of Seuss House. When people would come in, they would invariably ask about the painting. Ted would answer, ‘That’s my Stroogo Von M. How do you like it?’ In return, what he would get from friends was an honest opinion without them knowing it was his painting.” 


Ted’s “tongue in cheek” humor may have prompted him to positively recycle the name “Stroogo.” Stroogo first appeared as the henchman who would walk up and down walls in Ted’s short-lived 1935 comic strip “Hejji.” He resurfaced as Dr. T’s henchman in the 1953 movie, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T., a project Ted had high hopes for, but which soured him on moviemaking for the rest of his life.

Green Cat with Lights falls into the category of Ted’s “Big Cats” along with Joseph Katz, Indistinct Cat, Cat from the Wrong Side of the Tracks, Alley Cat for a Very Long Alley, and Wisdom of the Orient Cat. These are some of the most sought-after and cherished artworks of the entire collection.

Green Cat with Lights is a fine art edition measuring 34" x 24" unframed.  Call your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for more details and to add this beautiful new edition from the most iconic of American children's authors and illustrators to your collection.  

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