Barbacot, by Eugen Taru

Eugen Taru was a Romanian caricaturist and children's book illustrator. Born in Craïova, he studied Architecture in Bucharest between 1931 and 1936. He started publishing his caricatures and illustrations in 1930. By 1951 he became a member of the Union of Plastic Artists in Romania. He dropped his activities as an architect and devoted all his time to drawing from then on.

He made anti-capitalist caricatures and comic strips for Scînteia Tineretulu in 1952, but was mainly drawing for the satirical magazine Urzica, even after the regime changed cultural direction under new leader Nicolae Ceauşescu in 1965. In the 1950s he also created the comic about the dwarf 'Barbăcot'. He was a contributor of comic strips and gags to children's magazines like Arici Pogonici, Luminiţa and Cravata Roşie between 1960 and 1972. He has participated in several national and international exhibitions with his caricatures.

Comic strip by Eugen Taru

Last updated: 2013-03-24

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