La Catrina

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La Calavera Catrina or Catrina La Calavera Garbancera is a 1910–1913 zinc etching by the Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada. She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolution era. La Catrina has become an icon of the Mexican Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.


Catrina 2020
Dark Catrina in Hazy Wellington


Catrina 2019
La Catrina en Primavera


Catrina 2018
La Casa Encantada

The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated in Mexico. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died. It is commonly portrayed as a day of celebration rather than mourning. Mexican academics are divided on whether the festivity has indigenous pre-hispanic roots or whether it is a 20th-century rebranded version of a Spanish tradition developed by the presidency of Lazaro Cardenas to encourage Mexican nationalism through an “Aztec” identity. The festivity has become a national symbol and as such is taught in the nation’s school system, typically asserting a native origin. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


Catrina 2016
La Calavera Garbancera
Museo de Historia Mexicana


Catrina 2015
La Calaca Vintage


Catrina 2014
Halloween Catrina

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