We all recognize the iconic skeletons dressed in clothes, playing instruments, dancing and drinking. They are the visual symbols of Mexico’s Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead, festival that takes place every 1st of November.
But how many of you can honestly say you know who the artist is that created the Calaveras and why?
Look no further, this award-winning book by Duncan Tonatiuh tells the tale of Mexican polemic artist, Jose Guadalupe Posada. Posada worked at a printing press as an illustrator for satirical broadsides that mocked politicians and the upper classes of Mexican Society during the period leading up to the Mexican Revolution.
The Calaveras (the Mexican word for “skulls”) were “not intended to be frightening, but rather to celebrate the joy of living as well as to provide humorous observations about people.” (back cover, Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of Dead Calaveras) This book brings to light the story of a little known artist whose work is now global in reach. Beautifully illustrated and compellingly told, this book should be on everyone’s fall reading list.