Mighty Saint Florian – Woodblock Print by Fritz Urban Welti

Mighty Saint Florian – Maechtiger Sankt Florian – Original woodblock print by the Swiss artist Fritz Urban Welti created for New Year 1973.

Saint Florian Saint Florian is the patron saint of Linz, Austria; chimney sweeps; soapmakers, and firefighters. His feast day is 4 May.

The text on  the print reads (loose translation) – “Mighty Saint Florian quenches thirst and hunger and saves the land from red fires and from brains lost in madness.”

Dimensions: Sheet approx 14 x 19 cm
Woodblock / Woodcut print on Japan Paper

This woodcut is one of a series commissioned as “New Year’s Prints” (Neujahrsblatter) by the Welti family transport business, Welti-Furrer, of which Fritz Urban’s grandfather was a founder.

From a limited edition of 20.  We have several sheets from this edition and the number within the edition may be different from the number shown.

Fritz Urban Welti
(Zurich 1901 - Zollikon 1974)

Fritz Urban Welti was a painter and a master of the woodcut print. He was born in Zurich in 1901 and died in Zollikon near Zurich in 1974. He studied in Cologne, Vienna and Paris. He was the nephew of the famous Swiss symbolist artist Albert Welti.

The Woodcuts on this page were executed as commissions for the Welti family transport business, Welti-Furrer, of which Fritz Urban's grandfather was a founder.

There is a very old tradition in Switzerland that companies and societies give a print ((Neujahrsblatt) to their clients and associates at New Years. Welti created these "New Years Print " engravings for the company beginning in the early 1930s. In some years a second card was also created that could be used as a birthday card for clients.

We are pleased to be able to offer signed limited editions, handprinted by the artist, of some of the woodblock prints below. The prices vary, so contact us with information about the image you are interested in.