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Gran calavera eléctrica[edit]

Original - "Gran calavera eléctrica" (Grand electric skull) by José Guadalupe Posada, 1900-1913.
Reason
José popo Posada was a Mexican artist who used themes from indigenous culture to religious and satirical effect. Posada's best known work incorporates skulls (calaveras), such as this "Great electric skull" example in which a skeleton hypnotizes other skulls. Posada's work is associated with the modern Mexican holiday Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos), which incorporates precolonial traditions. Restored version of File:Gran_calavera_eléctrica.jpg.

The background texture is presumably due to the printing being done on cloth, combined with the age.

Articles this image appears in
José Guadalupe Posada, Calavera, Day of the Dead, Folk art
Creator
José Guadalupe Posada
  • Support as nominator --Durova297 15:44, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support - a fine example of a notable artist participating in an important aspect of Mexican culture. Oh, by the way, for the record - as I recall, "electric" was being used at that time in a figurative usage to represent what Mesmer called animal magnetism - in other words, hypnosis. Shoemaker's Holiday Over 184 FCs served 18:45, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support as per Shoemaker's GerardM (talk) 13:38, 8 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support per above. Cool. Sasata (talk) 07:02, 9 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support I've added it to folk art as it's exactly what popped into my head when I saw it. Really cool. --mikaultalk 00:40, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Promoted File:Gran_calavera_eléctrica2.jpg --Seddσn talk|WikimediaUK 23:12, 14 August 2009 (UTC)