Celebrity Caricature in America

April 10, 1998 – August 23, 1998

National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, Galleries 121A & B Floor Plan

The art of caricature—the distortion of the face or figure for satiric purposes—claims a long tradition in Western art. During the height of its vogue between the two world wars, caricature of the famous permeated the press and graced New York City café walls, theater curtains, and silk dresses.

Some 200 works explore the craze for celebrity portrait caricature in America between the World Wars. Subjects include Garbo, Will Rogers, Josephine Baker, and Babe Ruth as parodied by such artists as Miguel Covarrubias, Ralph Barton, and Al Hirschfeld.