Arts Everyday Living: Art Nouveau This Week—The Black Cat of Paris

 

 

 

ART NOUVEAU THIS WEEK

THE BLACK CAT OF PARIS

 

He was a remarkably large and beautiful animal, entirely black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree.

Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat

Steinlen

Theophile Steinlen, Torunee du Chat Noir, 1896, color lithograph, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Probably Art Nouveau (see: August 16 blog for definition) is best remembered for its striking posters, especially Theophile Steinlen’s captivating Tournee du Chat Noir that once celebrated the musical attractions of the Montmartre cabaret “The Black Cat.”  Along with his contemporary Toulouse Lautrec, Steinlen (1859-1923) was commissioned not only by Parisian entertainment establishments, but also by their performers and stars.  He also had a productive career as a painter, illustrator, and sculptor.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

 

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