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Caricature Paintings

Caricature is a style of portrait that shows the personality of the sitter in an exaggerated, humorous manner. It is unusual to see a painting that literally is a caricature; however, many painters have created caricatures in pencil or crayon.

In Milan, Archimbaldo (1527-1593) composed humorous portraits of noble people, painting them as constructed out of fruit and vegetables. These were an early form of caricature. In England, James Gillray (1756-1815) was a leading English caricaturist in the days of George III and Napoleon. His style of exaggerating defining features of characters as well as social and political situations is an influence on caricature artists today.

Francisco Goya (1746-1828) was a leading caricaturist in Spain. His dark imagery shows the impact of the re-instatement... Read more

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