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Gentle Satire
November 29, 2012   
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The latest retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art in Warsaw showcases the work of Karol Ferster (1902-1986), a brilliant cartoonist, caricaturist and painter known as Charlie.

Ferster is regarded as one of the gentler caricaturists and his style in caricature and satire has been described as “gentle persuasion.” While human nature and social life were his main interests, his satirical cartoons also dealt with politics.

Charlie’s career began before World War II and his unique and universal works delighted readers of different magazines until the 1980s. Among the many awards and distinctions he received were the State Award of the Third Degree for Lifetime Achievements in Caricature, the Gold Pin and the Gold Pin with a Laurel, the highest distinction a Polish cartoonist and caricaturist could receive.

In 1999, Ferster’s widow Serafina Ferster donated a swathe of his works to the Museum of Caricature in Warsaw, including 3,200 original satirical cartoons, humorous drawings and caricatures, forming the largest Polish collection of Charlie’s works. A selection of those is now on display at the museum.

“Even though produced many years ago, the drawings continue to amuse and prompt viewers to reflect on life,” Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz, the director of the Museum of Caricature, has written in the foreword to the exhibition’s catalogue. “Their distinctive character is about accepting and understanding human shortcomings. They are charming, as Karol Ferster was a charming man. Everybody knows how dog owners grow to resemble their dogs, but only insiders know that drawings start to resemble those who drew them, assuming some of their personal traits and taking on part of their personalities. You can find Ferster in his cartoons.”

Until Jan. 20
Karol Ferster (1902-1986)
Retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art in Warsaw, 11 Kozia St.
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