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
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.