José Guadalupe Posada: Biblioteca del niño mexicano

The Jean Charlot Collection is a major archive of documents and art works relating to the artist and writer Jean Charlot and to those with whom he came in contact over his long career in France, Mexico, the United States and the Pacific. The Collection is housed in a suite of rooms in the Thomas Hale Hamilton Library of the Manoa campus. The Jean Charlot Collection contains materials from every stage of Charlot's life and from every area of his activity.

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.

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