José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) is best known for illustrating mass-distributed broadsides featuring popular stories and current events. The widespread reach and appeal of his works helped cement him as a leading model for post-revolutionary artists, and members of the TGP consciously positioned themselves as heirs to Posada. Here, Leopoldo Méndez renders an imagined scene of Posada at his work table, translating the skirmish outside his window onto the printing matrix in front of him. Méndez includes a calendar that reads “1902,” the year of his own birth, subtly referencing himself while honoring Posada.
From exhibition Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany, 2022 (for more information see the catalogue entry by Rachel Kaplan in the accompanying publication, pp. 62–63)