Jose Guadalupe Posada

Calavera Depicting Contemporary Newspapers As Skeleton Cyclists 1889 – 1895

This particular image also features five skeletal figures riding bicycles, which also creates a very animated and dynamic juxtaposition. Every limb or bone is engaged in some sort of movement and the dark strokes in the background may suggests that the bicycles are moving at a rapid pace. The skeleton within the centre of the image may feature similarities with Jack Skellington dressed as Santa Claus within Tim Burton’s Nightmare before Christmas.

Jack Skellington also features a long, white beard, which is supposed to imitate father christmas. One could argue that Jack also features very animated and energetic characteristics, which could be interpreted as similar to Posada’s work or interpretation of the dead. One could argue that Burton refers to the styles that are commonly used within the Day of the Dead Festival and combines them with gothic representations.

Magliozzi, Ron He, Jenny & Warren, Kate. “Tim Burton: The Exhibiton “. Melbourne: Australian Centre for Moving Image, 2010.

Marchi, Regina.M. The Day of the Dead in the USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenan. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009.

Image citations:

http://ardor.net/artlia/index.htm?path=/p/posada

http://christmas-specials.wikia.com/wiki/Jack_Skellington


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