José Guadalupe Posada was an illustrator and printmaker who produced a huge amount of work throughout the period of the Mexican revolution. His iconic images - especially the skeletal calaveras or calacas - are firmly embedded in Mexican popular culture. In the second of our video series inspired by the Royal Academy exhibition Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940
curator Adrian Locke and UK-based Mexican artist Jazmin Velasco discuss Posada's work.
Find out more:
- Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City
Mexico's national museum of graphic arts celebrates print-based art, from Aztec seals to contemporary etchings. It has a permanent collection and also stages temporary exhibitions such as the one dedicated to Posada shown in the video.
- Museo Mural Diego Rivera, Mexico City
This museum houses Diego Rivera's mural Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park (Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central) whose central figure 'La Catrina' was inspired by a Posada illustration.
- Jazmin Velasco
Born in Mexico and resident in the UK, Jazmin Velasco is an artist and illustrator whose influences include José Guadalupe Posada.
Also in this series:
Murals of Mexico City
We take a look at the Mexican mural programme of the early 20th century, and the huge impact it had on the art of the period.
Edward Burra in Mexico
What brought the English watercolour artist Edward Burra to Mexico in the 1930s? We visit Cuernavaca, subject of Burra's painting El Paseo.
RA Magazine travelled to Mexico courtesy of the Mexico Tourism Board