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General I. Zaragoza (General I. Zaragoza)
Current Location:
Shelf C6 (CS1) -> Box 118
Location Notes:
IDC; Compressed Shelving Unit 1; Section C; Shelf C6; Box 118

General I. Zaragoza Morir (The General Porfirio Díaz Died)

Giclée (Original is in the GVSU Permanent Collection)
circa 1900
Artworks - Height: 15 in Width: 11 in
A: Pics of 2 generals B: Large battle scene.
Historical Context:
José Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican engraver and lithographer best known for his "calaveras" ("skeletons"), which often assume various costumes, such as the "Calavera de la Catrina" ("Skeleton of the Female Dandy"), which was meant to satirize the life of the upper classes during the reign of Porfirio Dí­az. Most of his imagery was meant to make a religious or satirical point. Since his death however, his images have become associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead"). He started out making comics for a local Mexican newspaper of Aguascalientes called "El Jicote" ("The Bumblebee"), which was discontinued after one of his comics severely offended a powerful politician. Porfirio Diaz –– A controversial president, in the beginning of his presidency was favorable because his role in defeating the French in their attempted insurgency into Mexico. Throughout his presidency he jailed politicians and citizens that opposed him and attempted to become a dictator and just not leave office, which then sparked the Mexican revolution. He was responsible for countless public executions by firing squad, which Posada shows frequently in his work. He is deeply critical of Porfirio and his supporters, which gets him in trouble throughout his career.