There’s a rich print history of comic art poking fun at the realm of fine art—a certain tension between high brow/low brow approaches to art and society
(This seemed especially true in the early half of the 20th century).
Cartoonists seemed to love to address the pretensions of gallery artists and the elitist social trappings of the fine art world.
Interestingly, in the earliest days of American comic art, cartoonists often carried on parallel careers as fine artists. Rudolph Dirks, creator of the Katzenjammer Kids, would often take a hiatus to devote time to painting. He even exhibited in the Amory Show of 1913. Others who straddle the fine art/ popular art fence included George Luks (one of “The Eight” and cartoonist of the Yellow Kid), Walt Kuhn, Lyonel Feininger, Marjorie Organ, Boardman Robinson and John Sloan as well as other ‘Ash Can’ artists such as William Glackens and Everett Shinn.
But that was mostly before modernist trends set such as cubism and abstract art.
Here’s a selection from the Vault:
Let's not forget artists and poverty
Brewerton early 1900's
Judge cartoon from 1922
R. B. Fuller again 1927
Frank Hanley from Judge 1927
Reprinted in Judge