Cruz De Mayo - The artist Mariano Bertuchi, 1884-1955

The may cross - the festival of flower decorated may crosses is celebrated in much of Andalusia on the 3rd may. The card, after a painting by M. Bertuchi, was issued by Juan Barguñó of Barcelona. Sent to Brussels in 1924. Mariano Bertuchi Nieto was born in Granada in 1884 and was a child prodigy graduating from the Fine Arts College of Málaga aged nine and that of Granada the year following. From 1899 he began painting in Morocco where much of his famous 'costumbrista' work was done. He died in Tetuan in 1955.

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