Caricature is a true mystery. No one knows for certain who invented the art form. The iconic caricature takes a person and distorts and exaggerates their features into a portrait. Artists from the 16th century all the way through present day have created remarkable caricatures demonstrating public figures, celebrities, animals, and everyday people. The earliest known caricature was in Italy, created in the 1590s by Annibale Carracci to mock his teachings at the Bologna Academy.

Caricature: The Humorous Art that Captures Us All

Caricature typically mocks politicians and other public figures. As it is said, a picture speaks 1,000 words, and caricature artists have often gained more attraction than writers with their standout images. Instead of coming out and saying what’s on their mind, caricaturists create elaborate, bold art that appeals to the masses. When caricature was in its earlier years, people used traditional tools: charcoal, pencil, pen. Now, of course, artists have access to software programs that help them create standout caricature.

Popular caricature artists throughout history have included Da Vinci, Monet, Toulouse Lautrec, Honore Daumier, and Ed Steckley. Even a few surprise artists pop up here and there with caricature. For instance, did you know that George Clooney once held a job as a caricature artist?

Caricature carefully retains a strong resemblance to its subject yet exaggerates a prominent feature. For instance, Donald Trump’s hair frequently is exaggerated via caricature, as is George Clooney’s distinctive mouth and facial shape.

No two caricature artists are alike, although their objectives are the same. In fact, if you Google “Donald Trump caricature”, you can see a long list of images that are all similar yet quite different. Caricature is a constantly evolving art in which artists are always looking to provide lasting impressions. Did you know that you can even hire a caricature artist?

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