Leda and the Swan cross stitch was inspired by the famous oil painting by French Artist Paul Cézanne. The painting is currently on display at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, USA.
We adore the beauty and sensuality that Cézanne has captured in this painting, as well as the pale green and golden brown colour palette. Totally sexy.
It’s definitely a cross stitch for the bedroom.
This project is a mid-size full coverage cross stitch. The finished piece measures 45.4cm x 36.1cm (250 x 199 grid size) when stitched on 14-count Aida cloth and you’ll need 39 different DMC colours. You’ll be completing 49,750 cross stitches.
Please note: we include an extra Pattern Keeper chart in your download pack. This specially formatted chart works perfectly in the App.
Here’s a bit more about the painting from the Barnes website:
This picture is unusual in Cézanne’s oeuvre for its specific literary subject matter. It represents the story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in which Zeus disguises himself as a swan to seduce Leda, the daughter of King Thestius. This is certainly one of the artist’s more overtly sensual paintings: Leda displays herself for the viewer, hip curving dramatically and cheeks flushed, while the swan’s beak wraps around her wrist as if taking possession of her. Cézanne made two drawings in preparation for the painting, one of which shows the figure holding a champagne flute.
Paul Cézanne was a French painter who lived between 1839-1906. He painted in the post-impressionist style and is often referred to as the father of Cubism and even Modern Art itself.
We are big fans of Cézanne especially his Four Seasons series and some of his landscapes and forests — look for those as we add more patterns of Cézanne‘s work in the store.