Otto Dix is another painter whose work I find inspiring. He was a friend of George Grosz, (whose work I also admire and will post at a later date) and both belonged to a group of German Expressionists. In the early 1920's he took on a more realistic stlye but with a sense of caricaturist exaggeration. Some of his work tended to be very dark due to his experiences serving in the first World War and depicted the brutality he had seen. He was also critical of German society during the Weimar Republic again drawing attention to the darker side of life it represented. When the Nazis came to power in Germany, they regarded Dix as a degenerate artist and removed him from his teaching job and also destroyed some of his paintings.
Dix on Amazon
A sketch of Hugh Laurie for this month's subject of Diluc's Caricature Challenge.
I did a rough sketch of the late, great character actor John Cazale last night. I'm not really sure if I captured him since I used a reference photo from "Dog Day Afternoon". He was superb as Fredo Corleone...it was tragic his career was cut so short by his illness!
On occasion I will post some of the work of artists that I feel have all the qualities of great caricature. Paul Cadmus was one of those artists who worked in a "magic realist" style and used egg tempera as his main medium for the majority of his paintings. I recall my amazement seeing his 7 Deadly Sins exhibited at MOMA (part of it's permanent collection) in New York...all beautifully rendered and humorously grotesque. He never really had a large following since most of his work had a homoerotic theme. He gained some notoriety when his painting "Fleet's In", done for a WPA exhibition caused a scandal and was removed.