La Catrina and José Posada

La Catrina and José Posada
10/27/2016 Alicia L.

November 1, Halloween is close and I need to talk about José G.Posada and the Mexican folklore. A Mexican artist-cartoonist famous for his satirical lithographs about death inspired on the Mexican folk, creator of La Catrina.

Throughout his life, he worked for many publishers where he produced thousands of prints for a lot of newspapers.

He recreated with great imagination and sense of humor the miseries and prejudices of the social and political reality of his time.

He also satirized with the problems of everyday life, particularly he mocked upper classes, bourgeois society and against the dictator Porfirio Diaz.
jose posada catrina

Jose Guadalupe Posada, with progressive ideas, went to prison more than once because of that.

Through his prints, he devoted himself to develop a chronicle of Mexican lifestyle and criticize government abuses and people exploitation.

jose posada catrina

Posada is considered a folk artist, who nurtured his work with Mexican popular imagery.

His illustrations of death, where we can find the famous skeletons or skulls have been associated in the unconscious with the Mexican Day of the Dead, including the famous la Catrina or “sugar skull.”

 jose posada catrina

Posada died poor and was buried in an unmarked grave. It was years later when he was recognized as a great national and international artist.

Today his works and particularly their skulls have an important presence in the cultural expression of Mexican folk art.

Comments (10)

  1. millie 4 years ago

    Great post! Thanks for sharing with us such interesting stories!
    I love his work!

  2. Star of the East 4 years ago

    Love these ‘scary’ images 🙂
    p.s. Halloween is on October 31st not November 1st.

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      Alicia L. 4 years ago

      hehe, that’s because I celebrate it the night of October 31st 🙂

  3. Anna 4 years ago

    Gorgeous illustrations! What makes me sad is that many artists are recognized only after death.

  4. Nyuta 4 years ago

    Great illustrations! Agree with Anna.

  5. Tina 4 years ago

    Those partying skeletons are so great! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nathalie 4 years ago

    Very interesting, I was familiar with the drawing but not theman behind them!

  7. ameba verde 4 years ago

    me encantan las ilustraciones, gracias por compartirlas! 🙂

  8. Ildi 4 years ago

    Scary illustrations but love them:) Happy Halloween to all!

  9. Ruby 4 years ago

    Wow, a bit of history that I didn’t know!

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