José Guadalupe Posada: Biblioteca del niño mexicano
The José Guadalupe Posada Collection
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.
In 1900 Maucci Brothers, a Spanish publisher, commissioned Posada to illustrate a series of pamphlets for children on the history of Mexico -Biblioteca del niño mexicano. Each pamphlet measures 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. and is approximately 16 pages. The cover illustrations are probably the only mechanically produced chromolithographs that Posada ever did.