PRONUNCIATION: Yo soy don Juan Tenorio y sin Quimeras hare platos de vuestras Calaveras and Calavera de los Patinadores
These two large José Guadalupe Posada prints (Yo soy don Juan Tenorio y sin Quimeras hare platos de vuestras Calaveras / Calavera de los Patinadores) were acquired from a direct descendant of the editor Vanegas Arroyo – the one that printed all the engravings of Posada and Manilla.
This fellow has a collection of original work kept by Arroyo at the time the prints were made. Arroyo always kept several copies of each print.
Name: Jose Guadalupe Posada
Artist Information: José Guadalupe Posada (February 2, 1852 – January 20, 1913) was a Mexican political printmaker and engraver whose work has influenced many Latin American artists and cartoonists because of its satirical acuteness and social engagement. He used skulls, calaveras, and skeletons to make political and cultural critiques.
Among his famous works was La Catrina. In spite of his varied and popular work, Posada was not as recognized as other contemporary artists. It wasn't until his death that his aesthetic as a true folk artist was recognized. This was largely thanks to Diego Rivera, who gave great publicity to his work. Yet even by that point in time, countless masses across Mexico would have immediately recognized his popular imagery. In fact, many illiterate citizens relied upon Posada's artistic renderings of current events and political messages to gauge the sociopolitical climate of their era. And an even greater audience viewed his signature calaveras—the iconic images of grinning skeletons commonly associated with the Mexican Day of the Dead—as deeply rooted cultural symbols which doubled as timely social reportage.