|Design Size:||210 stitches high, 130 stitches wide||(14 count: 15" x 9.5" or approx. 38.5 cm x 24 cm)|
|(16 count: 13.5" x 8.5" or approx. 33.5 cm x 21 cm)|
|(18 count: 12" x 7.5" or approx. 30 cm x 18.5 cm)|
|Fabric Size:||Working on 14 count: No less than 23" x 16"||(58 cm x 43 cm)|
|Working on 16 count: No less than 20" x 15"||(51 cm x 38 cm)|
|Working on 18 count: No less than 19" x 14"||(48 cm x 36 cm)|
I chose to call this piece "Green Girl" after selecting it from an untitled page in Mucha's book, "Figures Decoratives", published in 1905. In similar style as "Blue Girl", a circular design I have adapted from the same book.
Alphonse Maria Mucha was born in Ivancice in South Moravia in 1860. He died in Prague in 1939. Amongst his better-known works were the superb posters he created for Sarah Bernhardt. One of these, "Gismonda" (created by Mucha in 1894-95) is amongst my earlier cross-stitch designs. This piece, although full colour, is basically blues and tans and formed part of the background for the credits in the Glenda Jackson film "The Incredible Sarah". I followed "Gismonda" with La Trappistine" (created by Mucha in 1897), a delightful piece in full colour but based on pinks and greens.
Alphonse Mucha was, during his life-time, the most famous artist of the Art Nouveau period. He was famous throughout Europe and the Americas for his works in advertising, magazine covers and illustrations, book jackets, posters and paintings. His paintings of women are without doubt the most beautiful I have ever seen. I thank Alphonse Mucha for the magnificent legacy of art he left behind. I only hope my meager efforts will inspire others to appreciate this great man a little more.
For those who like the art of Mucha as much as I, included in my present range are Amethyst, Emerald, Ruby and La Tosca, as well as the other monotone Blue Girl.
The idea of turning this design into a monotone came about after the tremendous success of Cominos House, Sheridan Street and Cane Farm. Everyone wanted more!