An Investigative and Interpretive Study, with Paintings, Drawings, and Prints of "All Saints' Day" and "All Souls' Day" in Mexico

Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Research Paper

Degree Name



Art & Art History

First Advisor

Vance Kirkland


All Souls Day, Art, Mexico, Social life and customs, Funeral rites and ceremonies


"In Mexico, the first two days of November are set aside each year for the commemoration of the dead. This fete, called All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, is observed throughout the world; however, in Mexico, it is celebrated in a manner peculiar to that country and to the various localities within that country. This holiday is sanctioned by both government and church; and is celebrated by practically all Mexicans, whether they be Catholic, pagan, relilious or irreligious. These are the two days when that contrast which is the essence of Mexico becomes obvious: the "triste~alegria" (sad-happiness). During these days, art objects are abundant and arresting; and religious ceremonies, rites and fiestas blossom forth! Urban and folk arts, in every field, find full expression at this time. The religious, social, political, and artistic manifestations of the holiday are not only stimulating in themselves, but are exciting as subjects for painting, drawings, prints, and any other form of artistic expression!"


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