Google Doodle celebrates Mexican artist and lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada's 172nd birthday

A Google Doodle commemorates the 172nd birthday of Mexican artist and lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada. He is widely considered one of Mexico's most influential graphic artists, as his work helped inspire the development of graphic art in the 20th century.

Inspired by lithographic depictions of skeletons, today's doodle artwork features Mexican artist and lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada with 'Google' written in the center. This doodle is spread across Mexico.

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The visions of the Mexican artist who etched the origins of graphic design into art history were ahead of his time.

Early life

Guadalupe Posada spent her childhood working on farms and in pottery factories, where she developed her creativity as an artist. He then joined La Academia Municipal de Dibujo de Aguascalientes, the Municipal Drawing Academy of Aguascalientes. The aspiring artist and lithographer began training in 1968 and learned lithography and engraving.

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Guadalupe Posada joined a local newspaper in Aguascalientes three years later where he worked as a political cartoonist. Although only active for 11 issues, he took this opportunity to share his work with a wider audience. Following this, he set up his own lithography workshop and continued teaching at a secondary school.

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The Mexican artist bought a printing press in 1876 and began collaborating with several newspapers. The years that followed his work on the printing press were particularly fruitful during this time as he produced iconic lithographs. The lithographs also contained depictions of the Great Flood of Leon.

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The lithographer gained fame for his animated skeletons, which were used to make political and social criticism. Some of his most famous works, such as La Calavera Catrina, remain popular today due to their association with Día de los Muertos.

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A museum dedicated to his work has been built in his hometown of Aguascalientes.

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