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.

Alia Ris
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2 years ago

sometimes, it made things worse.

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Annette Zimmerman
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2 years ago

Do you see the box underneath? Aren't they paying for the contraption? This picture shows a line of average unhappy or angry men and women being transformed into smiling men and women through the process of purchasing (for 4 Euro, or approximately $5.00) a contraption that’s worn to fixate facial muscles. There is a smiley face label indicating that they are purchasing happiness. The device, which is a simple wire that is not worth $5.00, symbolizes a useless material item. The resultant happy face is an analogy for the brief happiness obtained from consumerism. The irony is that people are willing to pay a lot of money for something useless in the belief it will make them happy.

Евгений Ильин
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2 years ago

ВЫ НЕ ПРАВЫ, ВООБЩЕ-ТО ЭТО ОЧЕРЕДЬ НА РАБОТУ...))))) И ЭТО ПРАВДА, КА,КХЕФ И КА-ТЕТ...

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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2 years ago

I highly recommend people look at the short animated films of Steve Cutts (http://www.stevecutts.com/animation.html). Many are similar in tone to these illustrations and they're absolutely wonderful. They speak to society and our need to be constantly tethered to our phones, etc.

Magpie
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2 years ago

Thank you for the Link Gayle ! Been trying to re-find that film for ages.

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Terror from Beyond Space
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2 years ago

I'll bet the smile gets deducted from their paycheck.

Dick Turner
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2 years ago

Hello, my name is Dick Turner. I write because I am the inventor of the Smile Machine depicted in this painting. I invented it in 1991; here is an article from the Baltimore Sunpapers that proves it (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994-02-07/features/1994038137_1_smile-machine-turner-smile-campaign) . Since I invented it, it has been constantly appropriated form me, first by the Norwegian Olympic Committee who used it as a promotion gimmick and then by countless others. I have no ill will against Mr Haderer but, as I am an artist myself and one who must struggle to survive, it is frustrating to see my work used uncredited. Thank you, D Turner sunpapers-...1f0e1d.jpg sunpapers-photo-5acd1ad1f0e1d.jpg

XVS Sixfifty
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2 years ago

Or... maybe it's such a simple idea that the artist thought it up on his own without ever hearing of you or your 'invention'.

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Beverly Eckhoff
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2 years ago

This is funny!

Diane Renaud
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2 years ago

Sad sad sad!!!!

Emma Knappe
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2 years ago

Pretty much everyone

Sykz
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2 years ago

Forced happiness.

Mr Red
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2 years ago

But there are a lot of people who smile genuinely...

BarryAllenTheFlash
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2 years ago

This reminds me of Fake Happy by Paramore

piggy panda
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2 years ago

Yes that's exactly what I was thinking

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seno aditya
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2 years ago

Literally happening on our society..we smile while hiding the "Ugly Truth"

Alan Mackay
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1 year ago

THE RUEFUL smile

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Kawaii Panda
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2 years ago

Gruesome, true. But gruesome.

Kawaii Panda
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2 years ago

Gruesome, true. Oh so true.

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
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1 year ago

Where can I buy this? Nah jk this is messed up!

Katie Rubinstien
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2 years ago

i just saw another post that said smiling when you don't feel like it can increase happiness. I think what is really wrong with society is that it fails to see these obvious contradictions. Everyone just wants to be the one with the answers.

Thomas Mortensen
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2 years ago

Det er kun et spørgsmål om tid...

Nicole Faulkner
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2 years ago

Sometimes in some jobs you have to be happy all the time. It’s hard.

Diane Thomas
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2 years ago

yes

Alex Somerville
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2 years ago

Libtard factory

Bob Buie
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2 years ago

Trump supporters on the way to a rally

Noel Domingo
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2 years ago

So true

Theresa Jacobs
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2 years ago

The fake waitress smile!

Jamie Weber Beery
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2 years ago

There use to be something of this sort! WWII era

Amelia Maduforo
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2 years ago

Lol...teach me and I'll be taught!

Olga Severina
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2 years ago

My favorite one. Fake smiles everywhere.

Terry Xidis
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2 years ago

Lol

Anne Hutchings
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2 years ago

Maybe this is what we need during Trump’s time in the White House.

Laz Munn
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2 years ago

Putting on a smile when things are not ok will make you a liar to everyone, and you will only help yourself momentarilily. But if you are honest enough to express your feelings and don't fake a smile you might even get the help you need. Talking to someone who wants to listen brings more benefits than being liar.

Melody Panek
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2 years ago

Botox!

Lisa Georgette
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2 years ago

Being happy is a choice.

Donna O
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2 years ago

Said no one ever, who has suffered chronic, clinical depression.

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Rosemary Christensen
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2 years ago

Too real.

Patsy Carr
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2 years ago

Really, fake smiles

Alf Wells
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2 years ago

Reminds me of Alf's Art painting 'Give Us a Smile's.

Dick Turner
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2 years ago

Hello, my name is Dick Turner. I would like to bring to the attention of your readers that I am the inventor of the Smile Machine. I invented it in 1991 (here's an article from the Baltimore Sunpapers from 1992 that proves it: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994-02-07/features/1994038137_1_smile-machine-turner-smile-campaign ). My idea has been constantly appropriated from me, first by the Norwegian Olympic Committee as a promotion gimmick and by countless others. As I am an artist, this is particularly frustrating for me to see. I have no ill will against Mr Haderer, but I do wish to have the credit for my invention. Anyone interested in more information is welcome to contact me at turnerdick@hotmail.com Thank you , D Turner

Paul Lockley
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2 years ago

When work is the next day after a great weekend

Elaine Knibbs
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2 years ago

Liberals

Paulette Myers
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2 years ago

This to me is funny!

Rozy Rose
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2 years ago

KEEP SMILING.....

Carmen Kosmicki
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2 years ago

this is showing that the smiles, no matter what they originate from, are normally fake

Jan Virtue
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2 years ago

This strikes a strange cord: This is exactly what people in this society have to go through. Because of the LIES as Truth, not adhering to any good, moral principles, and not being good, fair or equal to others - People walk through this society faking it; putting on fake smiles for most of the sick minded practices that goes on. You know what? The people get more sicker and sicker, because they're not able to be truthful with themselves or others about anything. It's in the medical journals of the mind. It's scary, actually.

Pat Wooster
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2 years ago

That is really clever!! Plus I love the artwork.

A.R.
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2 years ago

This one makes me sad. Sad because it's too close to reality.

Geoff Masters
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2 years ago

I didn't need one to make me laugh !

I Am the Walrus
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2 years ago

Guy in bottom left refuses to wear his!

Lisa Greene
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2 years ago

I find this one disturbing

Shmily Riley
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2 years ago

I need this! I have RBF.

My O My
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2 years ago

Second from right is Angela Merkel 😂😂😂

Paul Duca
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2 years ago

Is that what morticians use to put smiles on corpses?

Barbara
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2 years ago

And, typically, you need to pay for your 'smile'

Barbara
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2 years ago

Also, it sort of looked like a mini-human/alien/whatever forgot to close the door behind them (movie reference, Meet Dave)

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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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