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José Guadalupe Posada - Jean Charlot Collection

posada drawing

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In 1921 the young French artist Jean Charlot, then working as a muralist in Mexico City, encountered the broadsides of José Guadalupe Posada. Posada had been dead since 1913, and though his prints and broadsides were familiar to many Mexicans, Posada as a person was largely forgotten. Charlot's pioneering article on Posada published in 1925 in Revista de Revistas brought Posada to the attention of the art world. Charlot's enthusiasm for Posada remained with him during the course of a long and productive life, and resulted in the assembly of an extensive personal collection of Posada's art.

After Charlot's death in 1978, a bequest was made establishing the Jean Charlot Collection, University of Hawaii Library. Charlot's Posada Collection forms an important component of the bequest.

Catalog entries for the collection list: (1) Title in Spanish as it appears on the item (2) English translation of title (3) Format (4) Technique of reproduction (5) Size (6) Imprint (7) Artist, if noted on item.

The note on technique applies to the principal image. Often the complete illustration is a composite of engraving or etching, with additional decorations; often these supplementary decorations were produced from the printing blocks of a variety of artists other than Posada, and used over and over by the publisher.

When Posada's printed signature appears on the item, it is so noted. Almost certainly some of the images in this collection are not Posada's.

The prints are listed on the next page broadly arranged into the following Subject Categories .

Call, write, fax, e-mail your comments and inquiries:
Bron Solyom, Curator
Jean Charlot Collection
University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
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Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8264, Fax: (808) 956-5968

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