The indelible mark of José Guadalupe Posada

January 20, 2020 at 13:21 p.m.

The indelible mark of José Guadalupe Posada

Jose Guadalupe Posada He is an essential figure in the art and culture of Mexico.

He was an engraver, caricaturist and notable illustrator in every way.

He was born in Aguascalientes on February 2, 1852, becoming an endearing character.

He died on January 20, 1913 in Mexico City, but no one claimed his body. His remains were forgotten in a mass grave.

Years later he was rescued by the importance he had for Diego Rivera and other artists that define it as fundamental.

Rivera himself became autonomous as the son of Posada and la Catrina, expressing it in his painting: Dream of a Sunday afternoon at the Alameda.

The social critic 


He masterfully tackled customary images that became part of his country's imaginary and even internationally recognized.

It is considered a precursor of the nationalist movement in the matter of plastic arts, so in most of his works there is a review Direct both social and political.

He also showed the inequality that prevailed at the time with a great sense of humor and a superb ability to analyze.

Original, he presented varied themes ranging from everyday scenes to magic or the end of the world.

It was developed prolifically in engraving, as well as in a technique that until that moment was not so explored, lithography.

His work was widely disseminated, as he collaborated in newspapers such as La Patria Ilustrada, Magazine of Mexico, El Ahuizote, New Century, The son of Ahuizote, among others.

As well as leaflets, his most famous drawings were about death. Skulls were part of Posada's day to day.

However, he deeply highlighted an illustration: The Chickpea Skull, which would later be mostly known as The Catrina.

His talent was simply transcendent, progressive was able to make an impeccable chronicle of Mexican life.


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