Three Bathers cross stitch pattern was inspired by a late 19th century oil painting by French Artist Paul Cézanne. Our cross stitch project is a close replica of this post-impressionist masterpiece.
Three Bathers is one of hundreds of paintings that Cézanne devoted to the study of women bathing, but this one is rather special. It was actually purchased by Henri Matisse in 1899 and then gifted to the Petit Palais in 1936. Matisse considered the composition to be very important.
Here’s a bit more about the painting from the Petit Palais website:
The ‘Three Bathers’ at the Petit Palais are arranged in a wooded area where a wide ray of light passes through, reflected in the water. The slightly oblique and regular strokes submit the forms to the structure of the image. Blonde, redhead and dark, the figures are part of a pyramidal composition which is clearly demarcated by two trees forming an arch. The use of a nearly square format, which is found in several small format versions, reinforces the impression of density and abundance which was felt by Matisse, a great admirer of this painting.
We are delighted to bring Three Bathers cross stitch pattern to you. It’s a bit of a challenge to stitch– due to the size of the project and similar colour tones, but you’ll be thrilled with the final result.
Due to the size and complexity of the project we recommend using Pattern Keeper App to manage this project. Your download pack includes an extra chart that has been specially formatted for PK.
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 in the store.