Metal Engraving (from a portfolio of engravings)
Jose Guadalupe Posada was an influential Mexican printmaker, who greatly impacted generations of Mexican artists. Posada’s prints are political in nature, using the “calavera” or skull in place of a standard portrait. Posada worked as a political cartoonist in his hometown of Aguascalientes.
Revolutionary Skeleton. Metal Engraving. 1910. Published 1930
He was trained as a lithographer and engraver, which eventually led to his employment at a publishing company in Mexico City. Posada continued to create book illustrations and cover designs through his life.
Ni Aqui te Olvidare. Metal Etching. 1910. Published in 1930
Ejemplo: Maria La Ciquita. Metal Engraving. 1897
Dialogo de Calaveras. Metal Engraving. 1910.
While Posada did not enjoy a great deal of fame during his lifetime, his name was later revived through such legends as Diego River and José Clemente Orozco. Posada’s original relief engravings are now in major museum collections around the world. His works are commonly reproduced and digitized, do to their popularity. Posada had a number of followers who continued to work in his style, using the print medium to comment on and satirize corrupt politicians.