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Amon Carter Museum of American Art opens ¡Hombre! Prints by Jose Guadalupe Posada

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents ¡Hombre! Prints by Jose Guadalupe Posada to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), one of the key figures in the development of modern Mexican printmaking. On view October 19, 2013–April 6, 2014.

Jose Guadalupe PosadaBorn of humble origins in the city of Aguascalientes, Posada died a well-known but impoverished man in Mexico City. He was a versatile and inventive draftsman; over the course of his career, he drew an estimated 15,000 different ephemeral prints that documented just about every facet of Mexican life.

¡Hombre! presents more than 50 of Posada’s prints from the Amon Carter’s collection, one of the largest holdings of Posada’s work in the United States. The prints on view include an amusing array of outlaws, fugitives, demons, lovers, politicians and matadors, as well as indelible images of ranchers, known as valientes (brave ones); the popular everyman Don Chepito; and the magnificent calaveras (skeleton caricatures portraying living people). Posada made the tradition of the calaveras popular, and his works on the subject surpassed all previous efforts.