Beyond Caricature

The Oskar Schmerling Digital Archive

“Beyond Caricature” is a digital collection of the works of Oskar Schmerling (1863-1938), a political cartoonist and caricaturist from Tbilisi, Georgia. His distinctive illustrations for Armenian, Azeri, Georgian, and Russian-language periodicals played a decisive role in the political and visual culture of the South Caucasus in the final years of the Russian Empire and the early years of the Soviet Union. This searchable collection, created by an international team of scholars, consists of annotated images and documents from the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia and the National Archives of Georgia.

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Self portrait of Oskar Schmerling holding a whip and wearing horns
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Oskar Schmerling chronicled in political caricature the turbulent political life of the Caucasus in the early 20th century.

Molla Nasreddin proved popular from the start, but not all Azeris were happy about the growth of the press.

Schmerling illustrated this iconic postcard celebrating Georgian toasting culture.

News

August-September 2019 Updates
We've added a capsule biography of Schmerling and a lot of new images
Schmerling at the National Archives of Georgia
On Sept. 27, Robert Denis gave a presentation about Beyond Caricature at National Archives of Geo...
July 2019 Updates
In July we added our first images from Khatabala and some documents shedding light on Schmerling'...

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Journals
6
Journal Issues
51
Books
6
Originals
7
Images
279
People
7
Research
1
Languages
4
Beyond Caricature