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Theophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859 - 1923)

Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

Le Journaliste et chansonnier au Cafe les Chat Noir, Paris

Mixed media on paper
45,5 x 23 cm.

Gift from the artist to Vital Hocquet, known as Narcisse Lebeau, through inheritance to the previous owner.

Narcisse Lebeau was a journalist and chansonnier in Le Chat Noir and was friends with Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Alphonse Allais en Théophile Steinlen.

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Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

(1859 - 1923)

Steinlen grew up in Switzerland, which he left for Paris in 1880 together with his wife. In the café Le Chat Noir, situated in the artistic quarter of Montmartre, he became acquainted with many other artists, writers and composers.  The owner of the café asked Steinlen to make a poster for the café, and this became one of Steinlen's  most famous trademarks. Steinlen made many posters for different clients, for commercial as well as altruistic purposes. He worked for over thirty different magazines and newspapers.

Steinlen was highly aware of the social problems of his time and tried to incorporate these into his art. This meant that his subjects were diverse; they included the common man and his struggles, as well as fashionable life in Paris with its incredible nightlife. Steinlen is, along with Toulouse Lautrec, considered one of the most talented French poster artists.