José Guadalupe Posada(Mexican 1852 – 1913) joined the publishing house of Antonio Vanegas Arroyo in 1888 as an illustrator and engraver. There he met Manuel Alfonso Manilla (Mexican, 1830 - 1895) and until 1899, the two men shared engraving duties. They worked so closely together, that some works are hard to ascribe definitively to one artist or the other. Posada’s subject matter varied greatly and included political caricatures, advertisements and religious imagery. He is known to have created images for over fifty-two Mexico City based periodicals and his images are numbered in the thousands. One of the most popular subjects, however, are his calaveras, or skeletons. The calaveras were already a part of the strong tradition of Mexican graphic arts, but through the popularity of the broadsides, Posada and Manilla brought the satirical skeletons prominently into the mainstream. His use of traditional imagery and his impact on countless artists of later generations has inspired Posada’s biographers paint him as a gateway from the 19th to the 20th century, a link that had been seen as previously lacking and was enthusiastically reclaimed when he was “rediscovered” by the artists of the Mexican muralist movement in the 1920s and 1930s. Prominent artists such as Diego Rivera (1886-1957) and José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949) were greatly influenced by Posada and through their admiration turned him into a folk hero and prompted a posthumous fame for the artist that revived an international interest in his work that continues to this day.
Medium: Zinc etching, restrike Dimensions: 6 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches Edition: of 150 Printer: Phil Sanders, master printer at New World Prints. Blindstamp lower left Provenance: Posada Art Foundation
Staff Selections Exhibition: This piece captures my favorite elements of Mexican folk art: simple figures, absurdity, maximalism, and dark humor. Each figure is unique and I especially love the exploding skulls in the sky and the skeleton dog. While I am a devout admirer of all works by José Guadalupe Posada, this restrike from the Posada Art Foundation is an incredible piece that speaks to today's "end times" feelings. -Paige
Medium: Type-metal engraving, restrike Dimensions: 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches Artist details: Mexican, 1852 - 1913 Date of plate: ca. 1900 Date of impression: 2012 posthumous printing Edition: 12/150 Printer: Phil Sanders, master printer at New World Prints. Blindstamp lower left. Provenance: Posada Art Foundation
Medium: Type-metal engraving, restrike Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 6 1/8 inches Artist details: Mexican, 1852 - 1913 Edition: 2/150 Printer: Phil Sanders, master printer at New World Prints. Blindstamp lower left. Provenance: Posada Art Foundation
José Guadalupe Posada
Las Nuevas Calaveras de los Jalones Pujidos y Azotones
Medium: Zinc etching, restrike Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches Signature: Signed in the block Artist details: Mexican, 1852 - 1913 Date of plate: First printed by Antonio Vanegas Arroyo ca. 1900 Date of impression: 2005 Printer: Phil Sanders, master printer at New World Prints. Blindstamp lower left.
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 13 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches Artist details: Mexican, 1852 - 1913 Edition: Restrike from the 1920's exhibition. Cisnero's Gallery, NYC. Condition: Tape residue verso (upper page) shows through to recto. Toning. Tear upper left corner. Old hinges verso at mid-page.
Medium: Type-metal engraving, Broadside Dimensions: 15 1/8 x 11 7/8 inches (sheet) Artist details: Mexican, 1852 - 1913 Date finished: 1911 Printer: Antonio Vanegas Arroyo Provenance: Posada Art Foundation
This piece exhibited in the Whatcom Museum's Images of Resilience: Chicana/o Art and its Mexican Roots Exhibition in 2017