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Calavera Bolshevik

150. POSADA, José Guadalupe. Calavera Bolshevik. Mexico: A. Vanegas Arroyo, n.d. Broadside, full sheet, 39 x 29 cm, zinc etching printed in black on pink paper [large running calavera with rays from his eye sockets, arms outstretched, holding bloody dagger, wearing large sombrero in a crowd of calaveras, foreground littered with skulls]. Upper right corner creased where folded, else very fine.

     This print is one of the rare Posada broadsides, and very desirable not only for the classic calavera image but also for its super title: Calavera Bolshevik. Tyler does not list this broadside, but describes the image as used in another Posada broadside: “This dangerous—and violent-looking—calavera is apparently about the business of creating more calaveras.... One of Posada’s most striking images of skeletons in motion, this print has been used for several different subjects, to represent the calavera from the state of Oaxaca or some other state or to show, after Posada’s death, a presidential candidate running for an office that might, to take a hint from the calavera, do him in.” ($400-800)

Sold. Hammer: $425.00; Price Realized: $520.63

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