Our Repast of the Lion cross stitch pattern was inspired by a 1907 oil painting by French painter Henri Rousseau. The painting is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), New York City.
It’s an unusual depiction of a wild lion feasting on another predator in the middle of a surreal jungle. The great big yellow, blue, and white flowers — as well as the sharply defined plants and trees are truly beautiful.
This is wonderful cross stitch project for anyone willing to take on a chart of almost indistinguishable greens and blue/grey confetti. Are you up for the challenge? Persevere, and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing piece of art to display in your home or office.
We’ve tried to be as true as possible to the original painting, but felt it best to leave out the artist signature, which (in the original painting) is very faint in the bottom right corner.
Here’s a bit more about the painting from The Met:
This work was probably shown in the Salon d’Automne of 1907, but it treats a theme that Rousseau first explored in Surprised! of 1891 (National Gallery, London). He based the exotic vegetation of his many jungle pictures on studies that he made in Paris’s botanical gardens, and adapted the wild beasts from popular ethnographic journals and illustrated children’s books. Rousseau’s nickname, “le Douanier,” derives from his job as a customs official.
Henri Rousseau lived between 1844 and 1910 and never received formal training as a painter. Much of his work was ridiculed during his lifetime until he was championed by Pablo Picasso toward the end of his life. He is famous for his unusual jungle scenes and exotic subject matter.
Check out more cross stitch patterns of Henri Rousseau paintings in the store.