Mardi Gras Treasures: Float Designs of the Golden Age Postcard Book

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The glimmering processions of the masked gods and bearded kings of New Orleans Carnival occupy a central position among the rites and glories of this great festival. The long succession of these glowing, torch-lit pageants--with their towering monsters and fantastic decors, their papier-m ch kingdoms and diamond-dust thrones--became the greatest and most beloved of New Orleans communal rituals. The fantastic parade floats of Carnival's Golden Age (1870-1930) illustrated themes drawn from mythology, epic literature, history, nature, and whimsy. Presented in this collection are thirty dazzling examples of original float designs as rendered in watercolor and lithographs--most of them reproduced here for the first time.
ISBN: 9781565548756
Format: Postcard Pack
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Series: Mardi Gras Treasures
Images: 25
Pages: 30
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 4 (h)
As an acknowledged authority on the history of Mardi Gras, Henri Schindler has become synonymous with the annual New Orleans celebration. Sought out by national and international media for his expert commentary, Schindler graciously shares his affection for the mystique and pageantry of the traditional "old line" krewes during numerous interviews in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday. While some Mardi Gras traditions have evolved, others hold fast to the pomp and circumstance of royalty. Schindler is well versed in all facets of the tradition and revels in painting a purple, green, and gold picture for the spectator. Discovering his passion for the spectacle at age ten, Schindler began working with renowned New Orleans float designer Blaine Kern. A curious child, he followed empty floats back to a storage facility and met Kern. The rest is history, both in the retelling and in the making. A curator for the Louisiana State Museumís Presbytere Mardi Gras exhibit, Schindler also has made his mark as a celebrated float, costume, invitation, and jewelry designer for the Mystick Krewe of Comus, the Krewe of Rex, and Le Krewe DíEtat. He has contributed several articles to Arts Quarterly, published by the New Orleans Museum of Art, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and Arthur Hardyís Mardi Gras Guide, not to mention his countless appearances in documentaries. His series, Mardi Gras Treasures , showcases four aspects of the celebration: Mardi Gras Treaures: Jewelry of the Golden Age , Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations of the Golden Age , Mardi Gras Treasures: Float Designs of the Golden Age , and Mardi Gras Treasures: Costume Designs of the Golden Age . Pelican also offers this series in postcard-book and boxed notecard formats.
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