Gentiana Acaulis by Pierre-Joseph Redoute
Cross stitch chart or counted cross stitch kit from the Scarlet Quince Nature Prints Fine Art Collection.
Pierre-Joseph Redouté (July 10, 1759 - June 20, 1840), was a Belgian painter and botanist, known for his paintings of the roses, lilies and other flowers at Malmaison. Redouté was born in Saint-Hubert, Luxembourg, which is now part of Belgium. He was an official court artist of Queen Marie Antoinette, and he continued painting through the French Revolution and Reign of Terror. Redouté survived the turbulent political upheaval to gain international recognition for his precise renderings of plants which remain as fresh in the early 21st century as when first painted.
Paris was the cultural and scientific center of Europe during an outstanding period (1798 - 1837) in the illustration of plants, one noted for the publication of several folio books with colored plates. Redouté contributed over 2100 published plates depicting over 1800 different species, many never rendered before.
Although he was relatively lacking in formal education, both Redouté's father and grandfather were painters. He left home at the age of 13 to earn his living as an itinerant Belgian painter, doing interior decoration, portraits and religious commissions. Enthusiastically, Redouté became an heir to the tradition of the Flemish and Dutch flower painters Brueghel, Ruysch, van Huysum and de Heem.
This piece is a botanical print of a stemless gentian, native to the mountains of Europe. The flowers are deep blue, with spotted stripes inside, and the leaves are smooth. A small butterfly is hovering above the flowers. The background is not stitched. White fabric is recommended.
Approx: 12" x 17" or 31 x 42cm - when worked on 18ct or 36ct.
You can also choose to have this design in kit form - list of DMC threads used.