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USA 200 Jahre Freiheit Und Gerechtigkeit (1776-1976)
Maker: Ernst Volland
Date Made: 1976
Place Made: West Europe: Germany
Measurements: 83.8 cm x 60.9 cm; 33 in x 24 in
Main Subject: United States of America (North America)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
USA 200 Jahre Freiheit Und Gerechtigkeit (1776-1976) Entwurf: Ernst Volland, Vertrieb: Volland, Deidesheimerstr. 29, Tel. 030/ 822 15 68 /693 18 91 Posada
Acquisition Number: 2000-125
Translation: USA 200 Years of Freedom and Justice (1776-1976)
Based on: Calavera de la Catrina; José Guadalupe Posada; Zinc etching, 1913; Mexico
Production Notes: *Masterpieces O/S C
Copyright status unknown; may be protected by copyright law.
Based on: Calavera de la Catrina José Guadalupe Posada Zinc etching, 1913 Mexico Posada’s famous Calaveras or “living skeletons” are used in many different artistic manifestations ranging from celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday to indicting injustice. In this poster, the German activist and political cartoonist, Ernst Volland, combines two separate calaveras to depict a skeletal couple. The female is a famous Posada figure who has been used by many artists, including Diego Rivera in his Alameda Park Mural in Mexico City. Expensively dressed, the calaveras remind us that no matter how rich or powerful one is, death comes to everyone. This poster derides America’s claim to represent 200 years of freedom and human rights, and Volland uses the calaveras to represent the results of U.S. foreign policy.