The Art of José Guadalupe Posada

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José Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican cartoonist who lived from 1852 to 1913.  With a sharp, satirical wit, Posada frequently lampooned society and politics.  He is best known for his “Calaveras” (skeleton) cartoons, which have now become associated with the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday.

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The Calavera of the Alley Cat

The Calaveras of the Aristocratic Couple
Posada enjoyed taking jabs at the high society of his day.

The Dance and Party of the Calaveras
Even partying and dancing is soon to be replaced by death.

The Calavera of Don Quixote

The Calaveras of the News Carriers
The newspaper carriers of the late nineteenth century racing and trampling over each other to bring news of death and sorrow.

The Calavera from Oaxaca
A satirical jab at the Oaxaca revolutionaries.

The Calavera Proposal
Marriage is represented as a form…

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