Posada's Broadsheets: Mexican Popular Imagery, 1890-1910

Overview

Jose Guadalupe Posada is one of the most important graphic artists of modern Mexico. This book offers a close examination of his extensive broadsheet work in its original context: the murders, disasters, revolts, and popular heroes that engaged the attention of the public in Mexico City in the declining years of Porfirio Diaz's dictatorship. Patrick Frank analyzes the sources of Posada's style in Mexican and European prints and cartoons and shows how he altered them to fill his illustrations with vigor and life. ...
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Overview

Jose Guadalupe Posada is one of the most important graphic artists of modern Mexico. This book offers a close examination of his extensive broadsheet work in its original context: the murders, disasters, revolts, and popular heroes that engaged the attention of the public in Mexico City in the declining years of Porfirio Diaz's dictatorship. Patrick Frank analyzes the sources of Posada's style in Mexican and European prints and cartoons and shows how he altered them to fill his illustrations with vigor and life. Frank shows that Posada's outlook was that of the working class and that he depicted the stories of his day from a vantage point belonging neither to the defenders of the regime nor to its organized opposition. This book brings fresh insights to the work of a major figure in Mexican art history.

"Close examination of Posada's work in context, including shocking crimes, executions, folkloric subjects, bandits, the coming of the Revolution, sources of Posada's style, etc., which help in understanding his spontaneous working-class outlook"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Editorial Reviews

Steven Heller
...[O]ffers an insightful analysis of both the art and the history of the time when it was created.
New York Times Book Review
Steven Heller
...[O]ffers an insightful analysis of both the art and the history of the time when it was created. -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826319036
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author


Patrick Frank is a writer who resides in Venice, California. His recent scholarly work has focused on Latin American graphic arts.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on the Illustrations
Introduction 3
1 Shocking Crimes: Simply Sensational 19
2 Prisons and Executions: Posada on the Wider World of Crime 39
3 Folkloric Subjects and Rural Heroes 71
4 Broadsheet Bandits and Public Opinion 87
5 Posada and the Cultural Politics of Bullfighting 129
6 Broadsheet Views of Urban Modernity 167
7 The Coming of the Revolution 203
8 Posada's Rediscovery 229
Notes 239
Bibliography 251
Index 257
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