La Catrina


Artist
Jose Guadalupe Posada (Mexican, 1851 – 1913)
Date
Original design ca. 1905; this impression ca. 1990
Medium
Zinc relief print
Dimensions
: 22 x 17 in. (55.88 x 43.18 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
1990.2.71

Label
La Catrina is one of Jose Guadalupe Posada's most recognized artworks. The image of a skeleton wearing a fringed and feather-decorated hat was meant to lampoon the vanities and pretensions of Mexico's upper classes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although Posada is now regarded as an important and influential artist, he struggled to find success during his own lifetime and died in poverty.

Object Type
Print