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Cartoon Painting

The meaning of the term cartoon is versatile and has evolved throughout the history of art. In the Middle Ages, the word was used to refer to preparatory drawings used by Renaissance masters such as Leonardo da Vinci or Raphael. The artists would prepare large sketches before starting to work on their great masterpieces. The meaning then developed in the late 18th century to designate humorous and caricature drawings that criticised ridiculous lifestyles and abusive governments. Thanks to the development of print media in the 19th century, the production of satirical cartoons skyrocketed, especially with the launch of illustrated satirical newspapers such as the Punch in the United Kingdom. In the 20th century, improvements in motion pictures technology gave birth to animated cartoons. Creative geniuses such as Walt Disney or Tex Avery revolutionised the entertainment sector with their anthropomorphic animals, which became emblematic characters of our pop culture. 

These iconic characters still inspire contemporary artists, who exploit the significance of their imagery in today's society. The French artist Rico Sab mixes Pop Art and Street Art in a cartoonish manner. Drips of colourful paint and phrases painted on in a graffiti style cover his canvases, creating a playground for famous characters from comic strips, TV shows, films, cartoons, or manga who interact with one another in his artworks. In one corner there might be Homer Simpson cheering for his son Bart, while on the other side Donald Duck holds a hunting rifle, and Garfield, disguised as an undercover spy, watches over them. This jumble of popular references is balanced with a meticulous painting technique and a skilled use of oil paint. 

Alain Bertrand, a painter fascinated by American culture, mixes cartoons with his interest in cars and mechanics. He uses aluminium parts taken from real cars as supports for depicting portraits of Looney Tunes characters, such as Daffy Duck or Bugs Bunny. The artist Marabout is probably the most satirical painter, parodying Art History's classic paintings with cartoons characters. The artist does not hesitate to orchestrate anachronistic encounters, for example between Tex Avery's wolf and Picasso's bathers or Dora Maar. His reinterpretation of Gericault's iconic Raft of Medusa includes some of Marvel's most famous superheroes including Wonder Woman, Captain America or Wolverine. 

In this selection, travel back to your teenage years by discovering Artsper's cartoon inspired paintings. Browse artworks by emerging artists paying tribute to the cartoon culture using acrylic paint, oil painting, or mixed media. 


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Eric Liot, Mickey - Body Builder - Bleu, Print

Eric Liot

Mickey - Body Builder - Bleu, 2018
15 x 12.6 x 0.8 inch
Print

$802

Toei Animation, San Gohan, Painting

Toei Animation

San Gohan, 1999
9.4 x 10.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$573

Scimoc, America runs on dunkin, Painting

Scimoc

America runs on dunkin, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,032 $1,146

Freddo Sacaro, Love Hotel, Painting

Freddo Sacaro

Love Hotel, 2014
28.7 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$9,743

Angelo Volpe, Can't buy my love, Painting

Angelo Volpe

Can't buy my love, 2016
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$4,126

Aurélie de la Cadière, C'est quand la pause, Painting

Aurélie de la Cadière

C'est quand la pause, 2017
35 x 45.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,585

C215, Catwoman, Painting

C215

Catwoman, 2018
39.4 x 32.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$7,106

Rico Sab, Love Splatsch, Painting

Rico Sab

Love Splatsch, 2018
51.2 x 76.8 x 1 inch
Painting

$2,063 $2,292

Umberto Alizzi, Minnie Street Pop, Painting

Umberto Alizzi

Minnie Street Pop, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Painting

$79

Umberto Alizzi, Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, Painting

Umberto Alizzi

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$79

Umberto Alizzi, MIckey in Love, Painting

Umberto Alizzi

MIckey in Love, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Painting

$79

Rico Sab, Yeah love, Painting

Rico Sab

Yeah love, 2018
45.7 x 35 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$928 $1,032

Erró, Hommage à Picasso, Painting

Erró

Hommage à Picasso, 2001
23.2 x 12.2 inch
Painting

$9,743

Our recommendations Kiko, Guerrier duck, Painting

Kiko

Guerrier duck, 2018
35 x 45.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,636

Maxime Andriot, Lucky Luke, Painting

Maxime Andriot

Lucky Luke, 2018
47.2 x 25.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$567 $630

Martin, Droopy, Painting

Martin

Droopy, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$731 $860

Romain Dorez, Ariel, Painting

Romain Dorez

Ariel, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$791

Homek, Air freedom, Painting

Homek

Air freedom, 2018
59.1 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,636

Homek, 3615 Graffiti, Painting

Homek

3615 Graffiti, 2019
59.1 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,522

Elmago, Code Barre USA Power, Painting

Elmago

Code Barre USA Power, 2018
19.7 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,814

DN, Surf on the wave, Painting

DN

Surf on the wave, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$917

Homek, Elysée, Painting

Homek

Elysée, 2019
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,292

Marabout, Duchampagne pour Droopy, Painting

Marabout

Duchampagne pour Droopy, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,043

Homek, Come on kiss me, Painting

Homek

Come on kiss me, 2019
51.2 x 64.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,782

Zokar, The Banker, Painting

Zokar

The Banker, 2017
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,375

Zokar, No Time, Painting

Zokar

No Time, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,032

Our recommendations Dezache, Le Grand Bain, Painting

Dezache

Le Grand Bain, 2019
39.4 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,866

Marabout, Luxury Raft N°2/9, Print

Marabout

Luxury Raft N°2/9, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Print

$3,324

Alain Bertrand, Nose Art - Ignition Special, Painting

Alain Bertrand

Nose Art - Ignition Special, 2014
47.2 x 43.3 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$6,877

Our recommendations Dezache, Belle, Painting

Dezache

Belle, 2019
39.4 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,866

Our recommendations Dezache, The World is mine, Painting

Dezache

The World is mine, 2019
39.4 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,866

Alain Bertrand, Nose Art - Sky Sheriff, Painting

Alain Bertrand

Nose Art - Sky Sheriff, 2014
47.2 x 43.3 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$6,877

Claire D., Fashiontoast, Painting

Claire D.

Fashiontoast, 2014
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,719

Claire D., Adopte captain american, Painting

Claire D.

Adopte captain american, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,834

Alain Bertrand, Superheroes on the beach, Painting

Alain Bertrand

Superheroes on the beach, 2016
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$6,075

Julien Delafenestre (Denza), Prédatrice, Painting

Julien Delafenestre (Denza)

Prédatrice, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$974

Tess, Buy Art Not Cocaine, Painting

Tess

Buy Art Not Cocaine, 2019
28.7 x 21.3 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,490

Jeannette Guichard-Bunel, Tu viens mon canard , Painting

Jeannette Guichard-Bunel

Tu viens mon canard , 2013
25.6 x 21.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,980

Nadège d'Assuncao, Mickey, Painting

Nadège d'Assuncao

Mickey, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,120

Jimmy Yoshimura, Pink ganjuro, Painting

Jimmy Yoshimura

Pink ganjuro, 2009
74.8 x 55.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$7,565

Eszter Kores, As in Tate, Painting

Eszter Kores

As in Tate, 2013
23.2 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,375

Ben Frost, 666, Painting

Ben Frost

666, 2017
53 x 44 inch
Painting

$5,154

Jessica Cohen, Cinderella, Painting

Jessica Cohen

Cinderella, 2011
16.1 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$401

Our recommendations Fat, The Pink Panther, Painting

Fat

The Pink Panther, 2017
45.7 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Kiko, Love Paris, Painting

Kiko

Love Paris, 2019
35 x 45.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Onemizer, Wild Style, Painting

Onemizer

Wild Style, 2018
79.1 x 79.1 x 2 inch
Painting

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Kiko, Little Chanel, Painting

Kiko

Little Chanel, 2018
45.3 x 35 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Kiko, Pinocchio, Painting

Kiko

Pinocchio, 2019
45.7 x 26.4 x 2 inch
Painting

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Martin, Donald Grrr..., Painting

Martin

Donald Grrr..., 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Maxime Andriot, Popeye, Painting

Maxime Andriot

Popeye, 2019
28.3 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Elmago, Mickey's fun US, Print

Elmago

Mickey's fun US, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Maxime Andriot, Joe Dalton, Painting

Maxime Andriot

Joe Dalton, 2018
29.9 x 20.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Romain Dorez, Bart, Painting

Romain Dorez

Bart, 2017
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Marabout, Marie Thérèse et le Loup à la veste rayée, Painting

Marabout

Marie Thérèse et le Loup à la veste rayée, 2018
44.9 x 63.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Marabout, Le loup et les baigneuses font leur cinéma à Deauville, Painting

Marabout

Le loup et les baigneuses font leur cinéma à Deauville, 2018
39.4 x 59.1 x 1 inch
Painting

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Alain Bertrand, Hitchcock The Birds, Painting

Alain Bertrand

Hitchcock The Birds, 2013
51.2 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Jörg Döring, Fame - A game, Painting

Jörg Döring

Fame - A game, 2006
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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