Catrina J. Briscoe 

 

La Catrina or La Calavera Catrina was created circa 1910 by José Guadalupe Posada. The original creation was meant to be satirical, poking fun at the native Mexican people who were beginning to emulate European customs.

La Catrina rose to stardom with Diego Rivera’s Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central) in 1946. Both Diego and Frida Kahlo appear in the mural. This phenomenal piece also illustrates La Catrina and her aristocratic appearance, standing next to her creator José Guadalupe Posada.

La Catrina has become the much revered figure of el Dia de los Muertos. She appears in both two dimensional and three dimensional artworks. Many transform themselves into La Catrina to participate in the traditional processions of el Dia de los Muertos.

While traveling in Mexico Catrina became intrigued with this wonderful character that had her name. Her work is on display in many places around the country. Each La Catrina by Catrina has a story to tell. She is a reminder to us all… no matter how snobish or bourgeois you are, we all become skeletons in the end!