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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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

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

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Rakooned
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3 years ago

Children missing childhoods.

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Ola Antosik
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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

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

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Mika N
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3 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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3 years ago

same with our used clothes which we graciously "donate"

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Sarah Miller
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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

Our governments today

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EM
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3 years ago

"I thought that there would be more fish."

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Willy wonka
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3 years ago

Tinder date wile you go on tinder

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

tis the season

Hilliary Smith
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3 years ago

Could be several things: she got him something to entertain him, he got her something to entertain him. He got something to turn him into a ouch potato, she got something to turn her into a sexual object. Neither look like they got a well-thought out, appropriate-for-who-they-are gift, judging by their lack of enthusiasm.

Craig Abbott
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3 years ago

They both wanted each other to look more sexually attractive. She bought him cleaning products, he bought her sexy lingerie. The sad things is that even after they both made the effort and they both sent out signals saying “i want you”, they ignored each other and went back to the TV.

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Maria de Jesus Gutierrez
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3 years ago

They gave gifts to make the other more attractive, then continued to ignore them.

Signe Manat Hansen
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3 years ago

Yeah, material things don't make you happy. There's a new concept.

Lee Wilson Bury
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3 years ago

That was going to be my answer. Material things don't change a thing.

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Ko Zushi
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3 years ago

Even on Xmas day with presents on their side, they still look fat and unhappy, doing the same shit like watching TV all day.

Mark Freeman
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3 years ago

So true.

Diana Hockley
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3 years ago

Reminds me of me (exhausted) and my first husband (couldn't care less) - except for the kids, who always enjoyed Christmas.

Just JoLynn
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3 years ago

What is this trying to say?

Ben S.
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3 years ago

He got something to clean himself up and look nice. She got some "sexy" outfit. And yet, they're just sitting there, watching TV, looking bored. Where's the passion? We're out of touch with each other and we've lost our connections.

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Paris Crockett
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3 years ago

They each got a gift for themselves. She got him something to enhance his appearance and hygiene...for her benefit. He got her lingerie to increase her sex appeal...for his benefit. Neither one got a gift solely for the other person.

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
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2 years ago

They both got each other stuff to make each other more “attractive” but then don’t care to see the result. Oh and btw I do NOT aprove of what the woman is wearing. There are others things he could’ve gotten her. But not that.

Jacqueline Apicella De Dios
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2 years ago

There's nothing you could purchase to make you look more attractive if you don't feel that way. It comes from the inside first.

Maunty
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3 years ago

them tits went their separate ways lol

Beedoo Radosevich
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3 years ago

Well, he showered, so romance isn't entirely dead...

Akil Bey
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3 years ago

Back to that idiot tube!!

Elizabeth Fanning Schultz
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3 years ago

What is this? Symbolizing white trash? Poor people? Maybe she wanted to excite her husband. This one I don't like, maybe I'm getting the message wrong.

Sarah Kary
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3 years ago

She wished him better, he wished her worse

Mona Skelton
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3 years ago

Someone forgot the wine and roses...

Joseph de Nicola
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3 years ago

Sad truth! I give up.

Thies Schaper
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3 years ago

In the mood... (sooooo hot.)

Data
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3 years ago

How tragic....

Chijioke Onyemaobi
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3 years ago

She wished he was cleaner (smelly feet and armpit, no shave etc) and got him presents that would freshen him up for the x ms. He wished she was a sexier and got her presents to make her so but in the end, still no change

Hanszl H
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3 years ago

whatevver turns you on !!!

Visual Brute
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3 years ago

Cardi B?

Donna Bo
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3 years ago

*imagines Norelco Santa sledding down the snow

Joyce Stewart
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3 years ago

Excellent

Peta Hurley-Hill
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3 years ago

Gifts touted for women are usually either slutty or a household appliance ...Occasionally other pointless "typically female" stuff like perfume... :(

Ann Ros'a
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3 years ago

Yep.

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Ben S.
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3 years ago

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

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Hilliary Smith
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3 years ago

I immediately thought that the commando in the middle thinks in black and white, and reality is all sorts of colors.

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Johanna Zamora
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3 years ago

Hose it down. Drone freak.

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Emily Rose
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3 years ago

could someone translate?

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Meep
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3 years ago

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

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Sykz
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3 years ago

Might be the smartest move?

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Çalıkuşu
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3 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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3 years ago

Context, variation on Albrecht Dürer's Praying Hands.

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Michelle Line
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3 years ago

Cannot unsee!

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Rachael Marrast
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3 years ago

VEGAN?

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Sykz
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3 years ago

Enough money you can do anything.

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Vlad Horobet
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3 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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3 years ago

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

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Lua boots
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3 years ago

As the crisis of 29

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earringnut
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3 years ago

this would be even better with teachers.

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Lua boots
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3 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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