Les Fauves Cafe cross stitch was inspired by the 1914 painting The Cafe by Italian artist Alberto Magnelli. Magnelli was heavily influenced by Picasso, Matisse and the Fauves, and this painting was completed during a trip to Paris in 1914.
The project depicts an outdoor cafe in Paris using Fauvist colours and dark defining lines. The smartly dressed diners, their waiter, tables, and bright umbrellas are given individual shapes and strong colours.
The bright colours and the striped umbrella are definitely the feature of Les Fauves Cafe cross stitch. And we’ve done our best to recreate the artist’s unusual palette using DMC Tangerine, Bright Red, Royal Dark Blue, Plum, and 22 others.
You’ll have fun stitching the large blocks of single colour and get a nice challenge from the speckled lines which define each coloured element. It really is fun this one.
PATTERN KEEPER: look for the extra chart in your download pack that has been specially formatted for the Pattern Keeper App. PK is great for full coverage cross stitch projects.
Alberto Magnelli was a self-taught Italian painter who lived between 1888 and 1971. His paintings crossed many genres and art movements including Fauvism, Cubism, Abstract, and Concrete Art.
We just love the bold colours of his early paintings and have transformed several of them into cross stitch projects. Check them out here in the store.