ccaricature - A representation in which the subject's distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect. Also, the art of making such representations.

Caricature is most common in drawings and editorial cartoons, but Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879) made several sculptural examples.

(pr. ca"ri-kuh-chuhr')

 

 

Examples:

 

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1794), Over 100 faces, illustrating the infinite variety of expression, 1743, etching on paper, height 24 cm. See expression.

 

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828), It's Your Saint's Day (Es el Dia de su Santo), 1796, brush and gray wash, 0.235 x 0.146 m, Louvre.

 

 

James Gillray (English, 1756-1815).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightLéopold Boilly (French, 1761-1845), Grimacing Man (Self-Portrait), c. 1822-23, conté crayons on paper, collection of Karen B. Cohen. See expression, French art., Neoclassicism, and self-portrait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

see thumbnail to leftCharles Philipon (French, 1800-1862), La Métamorphose du roi Louis-Philippe en poire (The Metamorphosis of King Louis-Philippe into a Pear), c. 1831, pen and bister-ink drawing, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris.

see thumbnail to rightSee these sketches as they were redrawn for publication in Charivari in 1834.

The set of four stages of a metamorphosis begins with an accurate portrait of King Louis-Philippe (1830-1848) whose face Philipon gradually transformed into a pear. The pear immediately was taken as a symbol of the soft, overweight king. Louis-Philippe, the so-called "Citizen King" was a favorite target of republican caricaturists, including Honoré Daumier, until censorship was reinstated in September 1835.

 

 

 

 

see thumbnail to leftHonoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879), François-Pierre-Guillaume Guizot, 1831, terra cruda (unfired clay) bust painted with oil, 22 x 17 cm, Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

see thumbnail to rightCompare Daumier's caricature to a photo of Guizot.

 

 

 

 

see thumbnail to leftHonoré Daumier, Charles Philipon (1800-1861), Journalist and Director of the Magazines Caricature and Charivari, c.1833, terra cruda (unfired clay) bust painted with oil, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. See many more of Daumier's clay caricatures at ABC Gallery.

 

 

Harry Furniss (English), Gladstone (1809-1898), the British political leader who served as prime minister four times between 1868 and 1894.

 

Thomas Nast (American , 1840-1902)

 

 

see thumbnail to rightSir Max Beerbohm (English, 1872-1956), from "Rossetti and his Friends", Ford Madox Brown being Patronized by Holman Hunt, 1916, pencil and watercolor on paper, 32.6 x 39.7 cm, Tate Gallery, London. Ford and Brown were painters associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

 

 

see thumbnail to leftSir Max Beerbohm, from "Rossetti and his Friends", The Name of Dante Gabriel Rossetti is Heard for the First Time in the Western States of America, 1916, pencil and watercolor on paper, 40.0 x 36.8 cm, Tate Gallery, London. Oscar Wilde is portrayed holding a lily as he speaks to an audience in the American West. See aestheticism and fin de siècle.

 

Samuel Klemke (American, 1957-), Crunchy Water Festival, a catastrophic road tale, parts 1 [164 k], 2 [108 k], 3 [108 k], 4 [344 k], 1998, pencil?, collection of the artist. Sam Klemke is one of the great nomadic caricaturists -- an artist who sets up his easel amidst a display of his work at one festival or fair after another. Crunchy Water Festival is in autobiographical narrative about a bad day on the job. See Klemke's site.

 

 

Samuel Klemke, Gil, parts 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 1998, pencil?, collection of the artist. Gil is a fond remembrance of an old friend and fellow caricaturist. These two works by Sam Klemke appear here exclusively.

 

 

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Also see expression and expressionism.

 

 

 

 

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