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Theophile A. Steinlen (1859-1923)
Original lithographic poster printed in colors, printed by Charles Verneau, Paris, France 1896. Condition: Very Fine (A-) one tear, bearly discernable, backed on linen and framed.
Sheet size: 25.25 H. X 15.5 W. Frame size: 35 H. X 26 W.
Today, the cabaret Chat Noir is perhaps best known for this iconic poster created by Theophile Steinlen in 1896 to announce its move to its new location in Montmartre on rue de Laval (now rue Victor-Masse). Steinlen's poster features a black cat, crowned with a saintly red halo inscribed with the motto "Montjoye Montmartre" which proclaims Chat Noir's allegiance to the Bohemian heart of fin de si�cle Montmartre.

In 1881, Rodolphe Salis opened the doors of what he called "the most extraordinary cabaret in the world". The Chat Noir was a place of creative innovation and improvisation, an unpredictable mixture of song and humor, with its shadow theater as a main attraction. It quickly became a fashionable place for the Parisian intelligentsia, literary elite and bohemians alike. Absinthe was the chief beverage served. It was not just a place to be entertained, but a place for socializing, the discussion of politics and ideals, and a place of excesses and rule breaking. The Chat Noir set the bar for the cabaret in Paris and throughout the world.

The poster was printed in two sizes with many different text variants. This is the smaller size with the rare "Ce Soir" text.


Sources: Blocker, et al. "Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History" www.chatsnoirs.com www.thewestologist.com
Reference: Bargiel/Zagrodski 22 var B.1
Inventory #11035
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