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Socially critical art by Bidstrup

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posted on Jun, 11 2011 @ 08:09 AM
I´m going to share my favourite pictures by Danish caricaturist Herluf Bidstrup in this thread. A picture is worth a thousand words and this is especially true about this kind of art. Bidstrup made these pics 40s - 60s, but they are still surprisingly actual today. These series are so witty and hit the nail on the head, that you really don´t need words, cause they tell it all
. There are a lot of talk and discussing in ATS, so I decided to add visual illustrations on social topics.
Pictures are mostly from: Bidstrup 1 and Bidstrup 2 Also, there are many more pitures avilable on net if yo google Bidstrup. I choosed here mainly political art, but he also has hilarious comics about relationships and human life in general.

Peace and order


Punishment and Reward

Punishment and Reward 2

Cause and Effect

Behind Bars





Private Property


Humanitarian Aid




Criminal Novel





Evolution of Man

posted on Jun, 11 2011 @ 09:41 AM
Excellent stuff, never heard of the man but he was a genius for sure, especially punishment and reward 2 was as powerful as if it was in real pictures.

Probably silenced by the western media because of his communist ties.

At the end of WW2, Herluf Bidstrup (1912-1988) joins a communist daily paper where his favourite targets are the capitalists and militarism. He gradually becomes isolated in Denmark when his cartoons are received with enthusiasm in the Eastern bloc (including China). He is awarded the international Lenin Peace Prize in 1964, and is furthermore presented with the Red Flag’s Order. His blind affection for Communism and Stalinism brought discredit upon him in the Western countries and a very little of his fame and popularity is still remaining in few rare other countries, after his death.


I hope his work is free to use.

edit on 11-6-2011 by Grey Magic because: deleted first sentenced of ext text because of lack of information

posted on Jun, 11 2011 @ 09:54 AM
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Thanks for comment! Yes, he had communist views, but there were many people, who sincerely believed, that communism will make world better place. Aside of this, I think he had great sense of social justice and excellent talent to express it in pictures.
As his works are shared in many different webpages, I think, thay are free to use if sources are quoted.

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