Art isn't created just to please our eyes; it also transfers ideas and provokes thought. Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer has been producing satirical illustrations for decades now, highlighting why today's society is nowhere near perfect.

Gerhard Haderer had even faced the court for one of his books, The Life of Jesus. It triggered violent reactions 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. Scroll down to check out his best pieces and vote for your favorites.

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EM 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

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Phil. 10 months ago

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

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Rakooned 10 months ago

Children missing childhoods.

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Ola Antosik 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

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Mika N 10 months 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. 10 months ago

same with our used clothes which we graciously "donate"

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Sarah Miller 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

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Molly Tallmadge 10 months ago

Our governments today

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EM 10 months ago

"I thought that there would be more fish."

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Willy wonka 10 months ago

Tinder date wile you go on tinder

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stellermatt 10 months ago

tis the season

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Ben S. 10 months ago

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

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Issy 10 months 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 10 months ago

Hose it down. Drone freak.

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Emily Rose 10 months ago

could someone translate?

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Meep 10 months ago

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

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Sykz 10 months ago

Might be the smartest move?

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Çalıkuşu 10 months 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 10 months ago

Context, variation on Albrecht Dürer's Praying Hands.

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Michelle Line 10 months ago

Cannot unsee!

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Rachael Marrast 10 months ago

VEGAN?

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Sykz 10 months ago

Enough money you can do anything.

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Vlad Horobet 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

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Lua boots 10 months ago

As the crisis of 29

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earringnut 10 months ago

this would be even better with teachers.

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Lua boots 10 months 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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