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Mexico. 1 broadside, 23.5 x 15.75 inches, slight staining. Very Good. Item #194331

This is a rare broadside by José Guadalupe Posada, one of Mexico’s most prominent 19th century artists. Posada is most famous for his calaveras (images of skulls or animated skeletons), which are now seen as emblems of Día de los Muertos – however, he originally created these iconic images as a visual commentary on the social and political lives of Mexicans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as a statement on the fleeting nature of life.

During his lifetime Posada created more than 15,000 illustrations, encompassing far more artistic breadth than the satirical imagery for which he's most well known. His work with various segments of the Mexican left, particularly anarchist groups, are a vital part of Mexican revolutionary heritage. His influence on Diego Rivera and the Taller de Gráfica Popular artists is likewise immeasurable.

The largest private collection of his famous work includes approximately 1,461 items. Public institutions with noteworthy Posada collections include The Getty Museum (under 500 items), Stanford University (900), the University of Southern California (500), the Library of Congress, the University of New Mexico (400, with only 100 originals), the University of Hawaii and Tulane University (bound in one volume and damaged).

Price: $1,800.00