Over the past few years, embroidery has made a comeback in a major way. For many artists, it’s taken the place of paint—now, they render their imagery in thread rather than with pigment on canvas. But, the tie to fine arts is never fully gone. In fact, artists have translated brush strokes as thread to recreate and celebrate works from art history. They’re now a unique hybrid known as embroidery painting. Here, elements of color theory and shading are incorporated with stitches to build the same depth and form that you’d find in the source painting.
This type of embroidered art history is a beautiful homage to individuals like Van Gogh, whose highly textured approach translates perfectly into stitches. In his works like The Starry Night and Self Portrait, the likenesses achieved from the embroidery artists is uncanny. Every stitch seemingly represents a stroke of paint and captures the spirit of Van Gogh’s iconic art.
Check out more embroidered art history, below.
The Starry Night (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Self Portrait (1889) by Vincent Van Gogh
Portrait of Frida Kahlo
Portrait of Joseph Roulin (1889) by Vincent van Gogh
Head of a Woman by Picasso
Water Lilies by Monet
Where the Wild Things Are (1963) by Maurice Sendak
Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) by Andy Warhol
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