Remate De Calaveras Alegres
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"Posada’s most celebrated illustration was that of “La Calavera de la Catrina,” an etching made sometime between 1910 and 1913. “Catrina” is the feminine form of the word “catrin,” which means “dandy,” signifying a rich, society person.
This original description of La Catrina refers to her as a “Garbancera,” a nickname given to people of indigenous ancestry who were ashamed of their origins and tried to imitate the European style while lightening their brown skin with makeup.
Basically a skeleton wearing a flamboyant hat and dress, La Catrina humorously communicates the concept that death is the great equalizer of all. Despite all the riches you may or may not have in this life, everyone is equal in the end."