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STEINLEN, Theophile Alexandre (1859-1923). L'été Chat sur une Balustrade. Paris: E. Sagot, 1909.

STEINLEN, Theophile Alexandre (1859-1923). L'été Chat sur une Balustrade. Paris: E. Sagot, 1909.

6,500.00

STEINLEN, Theophile Alexandre (1859-1923). L'été Chat sur une Balustrade. Paris: E. Sagot, 1909.

Single sheet, float mounted and framed (sheet size 19 4/8 x 23 4/8 inches). AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE lithograph in colours, signed by the artist centre left, and with the blind studio stamp of Sagot beneath, printed by R. Engelmann.

Provenance: with David Tunick, catalogue 9, 1977; Marianne Gourary, her sale, Bloomsbury, 29th October, 2015, lot 203.

LIMITED ISSUE, ONE OF ONLY 250 COPIES PRINTED. Steinlen's iconic image of a languid and insouciant cat, draped over a balastrade, eyes glittering with unknowable thoughts, and reminiscent of his most famous work, the poster for Le Chat Noir cabaret in Paris, which made him one of the foremost illustrators in Paris at the turn of the century. Like his contemporaries Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha, he was active as a designer of theatrical and cabaret posters. Steinlen often chose cats as subjects: drawing, painting and sculpting them, translating the subtlety of their poses and movements into whichever medium he chose.

In about 1880, Steinlen settled in Montmartre, the centre of the artistic community of Paris, where he began to frequent the literary cabaret known as Le Chat Noir, founded by a fellow Swiss expatriate, Rodolphe Salis. Le Chat Noir was the habitue of writers such as Paul Verlaine and the artists Jean-Louis Forain, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Louis Anquetin, Henry Somm, Adolphe Willette, Felix Valotton and Emmanuel Poir known as Caran dAche, amongst many others.

 

 

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