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Rachel Freeman
Rachel Freeman is Assistant Paper Conservator at The Art Institute of Chicago.
Freeman, Rachel
Freeman, Rachel
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José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Broadside
José Guadalupe Posada and Antonio Vanegas Arroyo created broadsides that were enormously popular. To quickly produce a large quantity of prints, sell them to a wide audience for a few cents, and turn a profit, the artist and his publisher adopted a number of measures...
José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Broadside
José Guadalupe Posada (1851–1913), one of Mexico’s most important graphic artists, influenced the generation who lived through and pictured the Mexican Revolution. His powerful and visually arresting newspaper illustrations and woodcut broadsides—whose subjects range from news to religion, from corridos (escapades of bandits and heroes) to calveras (skeletal figures associated with the Day of the Dead)—reflect indigenous folk-art traditions. In these graphically powerful penny handbills, Posada responded to the political and social issues of his day, addressed cultural ills, and spread moral ideas.

Focusing on the Art Institute of Chicago’s impressive and previously unpublished collection of prints by Posada, this book examines his work and places it in the larger context of Mexican printmaking in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With reproductions of Posada’s forceful and lively prints, as well as fascinating technical analyses of these works, the book is essential to anyone interested in the graphic arts of Latin America.

{The original print edition of this book was bilingual (English/Spanish), but the Spanish was not retained for the online version presented here.}
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Print publication date September 2006 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9780300121377
EISBN 9780300239843
Illustrations 35 Illus.
Print Status out of print