Jose Posada images and biography
buy posters online
Buying posters via this link
helps Artchive - click here!

Mark Harden's ArtchiveJoin the ARTCHIVE PATRON PROGRAM.
For your donation, receive benefits including two copies of a CD-ROM of this entire site.

Jose Posada


Posada, Jose Guadalupe - Mexican engraver and illustrator. Born into a peasant family in Aguascalientes, he was an apprentice lithographer at the print shop of Trinidad Pedrozo. His first illustrations were for Pedrozo's radical weekly El Jicote (The Wasp, 1871), but after 11 issues the magazine was closed down by the authorities and Posada was forced to flee with his employer to Leon in Guanajato. Here he taught and published lithographs, and in 1888 was able to set up his own print shop in Mexico City. He began to illustrate Antonio Vanegas Arroyo's broadsheets of sensational news stories (accidents, executions and natural disasters) and urban myths (women giving birth to animals or turning into fireballs). In 1895 he began to etch on zinc, which became his preferred rnediurn. Despite a vast popularity; he died in poverty in Mexico City.

Posada was a model for the Mexican muralists as a popular artist producing vivid and simple images in a distinctively non-European mode with strong elements of political satire. He is best known for his calaveras, witty images of skeletons performing the rituals and pleasures of everyday life. Often dressed in bourgeois finery, they mock the pretensions and vanity of the living.

- From The Bulfinch Guide to Art History

Further reading on Jose Posada:


Jose Posada Images

c. 1895 "La calavera catrina"
c. 1895 Calavera depicting contemporary newspapers as skeleton cyclists
c. 1895 Calavera of Don Quijote
c. 1895 "Gran fandango y francachela de todas las calaveras"

[Home] [Juxtapositions] [Galleries] [Theory and Criticism] [Art CD-ROM Reviews] [Artchive] [Links]

Help Support this Site...