|Perhaps the greatest caricaturist who ever lived, Al Hirschfield, signing a series of prints around 1997, including his famous Bob Hope image (below, left).|
|Bob Hope, 1997, Al Hirschfield|
|Leonardo da Vinci caricatures, said to be from around 1490...vicious.|
|Honore Daumier's 1831 caricature of King Louis Philippe devouring |
the francs still touches a painful chord, even today.
|Daumier targets writers and literary critics in |
his 1864 vintage cartoon, The Discussion.
These figures probably were caricatures
though the personages have long since
|Petit Pantheon Theatral, 1860, Claude Monet|
|My Butterfly, Jules Didier,|
his friend and fellow
artist by Claude Monet
|Thomas Nast's Boss Tweed, 1870s.|
During the 19th century, American artists such as Thomas Nast embraced caricatures not so much as portraits (as in Monet's case) but as tools in making their political cartoons more pointed. By this time artist seldom went to jail for making fun of the political powers that be (were?). Nast's caricatures and battle with New York's William M. (Boss) Tweed helped send the powerful but corrupt politician to the Ludlow Street Jail where he died in 1878.
|Al Hirschfield's Four Great Comedians. |
Can you identify them, or has it been too long since they made us laugh.
|No, it's not a Hirschfield. Even Picasso tried his hand at caricature in the |
1920s drawing of composer Igor Stravinsky.