(Flambeaux torchbearer in Mardi Gras parade) by Xavier de Callatay

(Flambeaux torchbearer in Mardi Gras parade) by Xavier de Callatay

(Flambeaux torchbearer in Mardi Gras parade)

Xavier de Callatay

Title

(Flambeaux torchbearer in Mardi Gras parade)

 
Artist
Year
c. 1960  
Technique
woodcut 
Image Size
11 15/16 x 8 15/16" image size 
Signature
marker ink signed (faded) 
Edition Size
20 of 80  
Annotations
marker ink titled (illegible) and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
delicate fibrous wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21404 
Price
$400.00 
Description

The artist signed and titled this piece in a red ink, which has faded over time, making the title illegible. While it is not dated, it is assumed that the piece was executed in New Orleans not long after Callatay moved there in 1960.

The woodcut features a Flambeaux torchbearer: one who lights the way of the Mardi Gras float parade, whose tradition dates back to Mistick Krewe of Comus' first Fat Tuesday celebration in 1857.