Motif: by Uroš Weinberger
Type: Embroidered painting
Technique: Mixed embroidery
Year: 2012 - ongoing
Edition: Limited (30)
Dimension: 32 x 14 cm | 12.6 x 5.5 in
Number of stitches: over 140,000
Thread length: over 2 km | over 1.2 mi
Thread colours: 36
Development: over 55 person hours
Painted beehive front panels are autochthonous part of Slovene cultural heritage. First ones were done by Slovene peasants in the 18th century and used to carry solely religious motifs, however, in the 19th century, beekeepers turned toward secular depictions, too. Through the last decade, many Slovene painters revive this, almost forgotten art by recreating old motifs in their own modern styles, part of this being a series of beehive front panel embroideries, done by Ercigoj art in cooperation with numerous Slovene artists.
The French have occupied Slovenian territory three times in history. This motif depicts a Slovenian farmer rocking a French soldier in a baby crib, humorously remembering the events of those days. Uroš Weinberger recreated the motif in his own style, depicting the soldier in his modern version.