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145 Discovered works of art
The word caricature has its roots in Italian, where "caricare" means "exaggerating". Exaggerated and distorted, cartoonists portray people and society. Not only politicians and public figures are the target of their attention, their ridicule and venomous humor. Caricatures were also used in the late eighteenth century to tackle philosophical questions about the nature of man. For example, artists began to show hermaphrodites, who, according to the motto "Man is what he eats," seemingly turned into animals, vegetables, and fruits.

At a time when the majority of people still could not read, it was the job of cartoonists in illustrations of newspapers and magazines to deliver pointed messages that anyone could understand - even those who could not interpret letters, but only pictures.

From the individual caricatures later developed image sequences that told short stories in caricaturing, satirical form. This was the birth of the cartoon and the comic. The first cartoons were published in daily newspapers. As a rule, caricatures and also cartoons were charcoal, pencil or pen drawings, which were only partially colored afterwards. Today, the possibilities of the cartoon and the comics on color printing and digital graphics programs have greatly expanded.

One of the best-known caricaturists is Honoré Daumier (1808-1879), who is also known as the "father of modern caricature". As a socialist, he mocked in his graphics mostly French politicians of the reactionary camp. Even the painter Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) worked long before his career as a painter as an illustrator and caricaturist. Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (1864-1901) or George Grosz (1893-1959) employed the means of caricature in their painterly works.

Le Ventre Législatif (The Legisl...
1834 | Lithography

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Le Ventre Législatif (The Legisl...
1834 | Lithography

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'What He Was. What He Is', caric...
0 | coloured engraving

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'What He Was. What He Is', caric...
0 | coloured engraving

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After the vote. Illustration for...
0 | colour lithograph

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After the vote. Illustration for...
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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The Beautiful Narcissus, caricat...
0 | colour lithograph

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The Beautiful Narcissus, caricat...
0 | colour lithograph

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Caricature of Emile Combes, cove...
1904 | colour lithograph

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Caricature of Emile Combes, cove...
1904 | colour lithograph

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Woman being photographed in a co...
1901 | colour lithograph

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Woman being photographed in a co...
1901 | colour lithograph

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'The washerwoman knows the defec...
1932 | colour lithograph

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'The washerwoman knows the defec...
1932 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Calves' Heads and Brains; or a P...
1826 | colour etching

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Calves' Heads and Brains; or a P...
1826 | colour etching

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'There are some who take up the ...
1932 | colour lithograph

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'There are some who take up the ...
1932 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
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Illustration for Le Rire
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Illustration for Le Rire
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1795 | Watercolor on paper

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1795 | Watercolor on paper

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Cover illustration of the republ...
1890 | colour lithograph

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Cover illustration of the republ...
1890 | colour lithograph

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Repas de Corps, caricature from ...
1854 | coloured engraving

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Repas de Corps, caricature from ...
1854 | coloured engraving

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
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Illustration for Le Rire
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Illustration for Le Rire
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Illustration for Le Rire
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Illustration for Le Rire
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Bastille Day parade, illustratio...
0 | colour lithograph

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Bastille Day parade, illustratio...
0 | colour lithograph

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Henri Brisson, French politician...
0 | colour lithograph

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Henri Brisson, French politician...
0 | colour lithograph

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Les Bons Bourgeois- Un Chateau e...
undatiert | woodcut

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Les Bons Bourgeois- Un Chateau e...
undatiert | woodcut

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1806 | Watercolor on paper

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1806 | Watercolor on paper

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Tz'U-Hsi (1835-1908) Empress Dow...
1900 | coloured engraving

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Tz'U-Hsi (1835-1908) Empress Dow...
1900 | coloured engraving

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Serving Punch, c.1815-20 (pen un...
0 | pen and ink and watercolour over pencil on paper

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Serving Punch, c.1815-20 (pen un...
0 | pen and ink and watercolour over pencil on paper

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Front cover of 'La Lune' magazin...
1867 | colour lithograph

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Front cover of 'La Lune' magazin...
1867 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Cecil Rhodes, Illustration for L...
0 | colour lithograph

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Cecil Rhodes, Illustration for L...
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
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Illustration for Le Rire
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Illustration for Le Rire
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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Actors appearing in Le Passe at ...
0 | colour lithograph

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Actors appearing in Le Passe at ...
0 | colour lithograph

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Maurice Rouvier, French politici...
0 | colour lithograph

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Maurice Rouvier, French politici...
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
0 | colour lithograph

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Illustration for Le Rire
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The Sailor Boy's Dream
0 | colour lithograph

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The Sailor Boy's Dream
0 | colour lithograph

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'The Man with Six Heads', carica...
1815 | hand coloured engraving

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'The Man with Six Heads', carica...
1815 | hand coloured engraving

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The Music Master, from 'Scenes a...
0 | watercolour and pen and ink on paper

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The Music Master, from 'Scenes a...
0 | watercolour and pen and ink on paper

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0 | colour lithograph

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0 | colour lithograph

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A German Present or the Lover's ...
1816 | coloured engraving

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A German Present or the Lover's ...
1816 | coloured engraving

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The Farmer's Daughter
0 | colour lithograph

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The Farmer's Daughter
0 | colour lithograph

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The half-crown dinner and the we...
0 | colour lithograph

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The half-crown dinner and the we...
0 | colour lithograph

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The Farmer's Daughter
0 | colour lithograph

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The Farmer's Daughter
0 | colour lithograph

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'Hernani Sublime, a Romantic Dis...
0 | colour lithograph

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'Hernani Sublime, a Romantic Dis...
0 | colour lithograph

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