19 Hauntingly Beautiful Images To Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos (PHOTOS)

11/01/2013 09:27 am ET | Updated Nov 03, 2014
  • The Huffington Post

Few artists' work captures the spirit of Día de los Muertos like José Guadalupe Posada. Born in the Northern Mexican town of Aguascalientes in 1852, Posada built his four-decade career illustrating crime stories for tabloids and satirizing the Porfirio Díaz dictatorship he disdained. One of the great artists of the Americas, he is perhaps most remembered for his iconic representations of death.

  • 1 'El Jarabe de Ultratumba' ('The Folk Dance Beyond the Grave')
    José Guadalupe Posada, Art of the Print.
  • 2 'La Calavera Catrina' ('Catrina the Skull')
    José Guadalupe Posada, Art of the Print.
  • 3 'Calavera de la Adelita' ('Adelita Skull')
    José Guadalupe Posada, Wiki Commons.
  • 4 'La Gran Calavera Eléctrica' ('The Great Electric Skull')
    José Guadalupe Posada, Wiki Commons.
  • 5 'Don Quijote'
    José Guadalupe Posada, Wiki Commons.
  • 6 'La Bejarano'
    José Guadalupe Posada, Wiki Commons.
  • Newspaper illustration of Guadalupe Martínez Bejarano, one of Mexico's first known female serial killers. In the late nineteenth century, "La Bejarano" became a news sensation for luring young girls into her home as servants and then torturing them and killing them.
  • 7 'La Temible Bejarano' ('The Fearsome Bejarano')
    José Guadalupe Posada, WikiCommons.
  • The headline for this illustration reads: "The jury of Doña Guadalupe Martínez de Bejarano and her son Aurelio Bejarano, for homicide of the child Crescencia Pineda. --- Guilty Sentence Guadalupe Bejarano, 10 years, 8 months in prison Aurelio Bejarano, 2 years in prison
  • 8 Skeleton wearing a tux
    José Guadalupe Posada, Wiki Commons.
  • 9 Skeletons On Bikes
    José Guadalupe Posada, Wiki Commons.
  • 10 'Calaveras Patinando' ('Skeletons Streetcleaning')
    José Guadalupe Posada, Art of the Print.
  • 11 'Calavera Revolucionaria' ('Revolutionary Skeleton')
    José Guadalupe Posada, Art of the Print.
  • 12 'Fusilamiento de Bruno Apresa' (Execution of Bruno Apresa)
    José Guadalupe Posada, Art of the Print.
  • 13 Corrido "El Fin del Mundo" (Corrido "The End of the World")
    José Guadalupe Posada, Art of the Print.
  • 14 'Cuatro Zapatistas Fusilados' ('Four Zapatistas Executed')
    José Guadalupe Posada, Art of the Print.
  • 15 'Diálogo de Calaveras' ('Skeletons in Dialog')
    José Guadalupe Posada, Art of the Print.
  • 16 'Ejemplo: María La Chiquita' ('Example: María The Little One')
    José Guadalupe Posada, Art of the Print.
  • 17 Calavera "Guerra Mundial" (Skeleton World War)
    José Guadalupe Posada, Art of the Print.
  • 18 'La Calavera Oaxaqueña' ('The Oaxacan Skull')
    AP
  • 19 Untitled Engraving
    AP

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