Thursday, October 20, 2011

Week 5 Late | Jose Guadalupe Posada

Jose Guadalupe Posada is one of the greatest influences on Latin American Art as well as one of my personal favorite artists. Posada was a highly political cartoonist during El Porfiriato (under the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz). He did many illustrations for countless magazines and book covers. The majority of his work were lithographs. Although his genius remained in the shadows for the majority of his life, his art was brought to the attention of many artists, such as Diego Rivera, in post-Revolutionary Mexico.

Posada is most known for his calaveras. He was very interested in society's unjust social classes. He believed that no matter how much wealth or property you owned, you'll end up the same as any poor peasent or middle class worker. Dead. By portraying figures as skeletons, he would bring the upper class or elite to the level of el campesino or laborer.


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