The work of the popular Soviet foreign cartoonist. Photo
The Work Of Herluf Bidstrup.
Herluf Bidstrup, the Danish cartoonist. Even 35 years ago his name was known far beyond the borders of the country. Special glory he gained in the Soviet Union. His stories in pictures bought up thousands of copies. A simple plot and subtle humor was understood by all, regardless of nationality.
As noted by the artist himself, he painted as much as I can remember. As a child, Herluf couldn’t understand why adults laugh at his drawings. Later, it became clear that all of his creations were real cartoons. The artist said: “Gradually I began to understand what made a comic impression, and often have quite consciously, drawing to elicit laughter from the audience. Soon, I am pleased to are convinced that laughter is my ally”. This genre of visual art was decisive in his work.
Herluf Bidstrup was born in Berlin in 1912. Two years later his family moved to Denmark, where he was born his father. The future cartoonist graduated from the Academy of arts of Copenhagen. During the Second world war, the young talent is actively drawing caricatures of the German invaders and handed them over to be printed in an underground newspaper. After 1945, Herluf Bidstrup (at that time already a staunch Communist) began to work in the newspaper Land og Volk (“Land and people”).
Over time, Bidstrup has released several albums with the cartoons. Basically it was a satire on the capitalist society. Dane is so deftly portrayed “the evils of society decadent West”, which gained popularity in the Soviet Union.
The artist painted travelogue, cartoons on acute political topics, domestic scenes. Most of all, the Herluf Bidstrup became famous for his mini-comics. These stories are in pictures all is clear without words, regardless of nationality:
“Caricature means exaggeration, most often it is understood as distortion. I, however, never distort the reality, but is often used caricature as a way of exaggeration. It should give the viewer the same impression of what is depicted has produced a drawing. The acuteness of perception of the pattern made by black strokes on a smooth sheet of white paper, and even in a much reduced form, of course, weaker impressions of reality, so lost must be made up in another way”.
The artist died at the age of 76 years. He left behind more than five thousand works.
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