Art isn't created just to please our eyes; it also transfers ideas and provokes thought on social problems. Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer has been producing satirical illustrations and cartoons for adults for decades now, highlighting the awful problems with society.

Gerhard Haderer had even faced the court for one of his brutally honest books, The Life of Jesus. It triggered violent reactions, because of the society problems discussed in it, in Europe, especially from the Catholic Church. The story culminated in 2005 when Haderer was convicted in Greece for insulting the religious community and was given a six-month suspended sentence in absentia. A few months later, however, this verdict was corrected on appeal, and Gerhard Haderer was acquitted.

The artist developed his realistic style when working as a graphic designer and illustrator for advertising agencies early in his career. It wasn't until a cancer operation in 1985 when Gerhard abandoned his commercial dreams and became a freelance caricaturist and satirical illustrator, mainly focusing on social issues. Scroll down to check out his unsettling and at times scary cartoons and vote for your favorites.

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EM
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2 years ago

Did you know that a couple of years ago, there were more selfie related deaths than shark related deaths?

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

this happens so much at live concerts, just put the damn phone down and enjoy the experience!

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Phil.
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2 years ago

Actually even a put-on smile can lift your mood, say neuro-scientists.

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Rakooned
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2 years ago

Children missing childhoods.

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Ola Antosik
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2 years ago

This I do not understand. I like reading books in paper but there is nothing wrong with electronic editions. If anything, they are more eco friendly. It is still the same activity just different medium.

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Daniel Losinger
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2 years ago

Timeline: Catholic Church's sex abuse scandals https://www.cnn.com/2017/06/29/world/timeline-catholic-church-sexual-abuse-scandals/index.html

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Michelle Line
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2 years ago

Well, at least it looks like they're all getting along.

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Mika N
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2 years ago

I've heard it said, how ironic it is that often times today, family time is getting everyone to put down their small screens and all look at the same big screen for a while.

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Phil.
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2 years ago

same with our used clothes which we graciously "donate"

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Sarah Miller
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2 years ago

I'm not seeing this as a "fast food/obesity" thing, more like a CEO or corporate leader just greedily eating funds. Fat in wealth kind of thing

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

you can roll a piece of shit in glitter, it's still a piece of shit.

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Molly Tallmadge
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2 years ago

Our governments today

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EM
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2 years ago

"I thought that there would be more fish."

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Willy wonka
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2 years ago

Tinder date wile you go on tinder

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

tis the season

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Ben S.
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2 years ago

He can't escape his reality, even in his day-dreams...

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Issy
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2 years ago

There was a poster of this picture in the magazine "Stern" after the Charlie Hebdo attack. The pen is mightier than the sword.

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Johanna Zamora
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2 years ago

Hose it down. Drone freak.

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Emily Rose
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2 years ago

could someone translate?

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Meep
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2 years ago

Oh god I'm reading this on the toilet at work

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Sykz
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2 years ago

Might be the smartest move?

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Çalıkuşu
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2 years ago

George Orwell- Animal Farm: ''Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."

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Chris Daemon
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2 years ago

Context, variation on Albrecht Dürer's Praying Hands.

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Michelle Line
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2 years ago

Cannot unsee!

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Rachael Marrast
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2 years ago

VEGAN?

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Sykz
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2 years ago

Enough money you can do anything.

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Vlad Horobet
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2 years ago

Not sure how many people knew this, but there is a forth monkey in this series. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and do no evil.

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Oli Wolfe
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2 years ago

No!!! How will you get the ball back now!

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Lua boots
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2 years ago

As the crisis of 29

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earringnut
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2 years ago

this would be even better with teachers.

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Lua boots
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2 years ago

Holidays...so many people leaves at same time...so they get stuck on the road..,and they spend half of their vac waiting on the car...sad...reality

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