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Collection of the Chat Noir

Collection du Chat Noir

1898

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923 French


Dimensions

Framed: 155.3 x 117.2 x 4.8 cm (61 1/8 x 46 1/8 x 1 7/8 in.) Sheet: 139.4 x 99.1 cm (54 7/8 x 39 in.)

Accession Number

2002.62

Medium or Technique

Poster, color lithograph printed in black and red

Not On View

Collections

Europe , Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints , Posters

This poster advertises the sale of the collection of Rodolphe Salis, the owner of the Chat Noir, which opened in 1881 as the first cabaret in Paris. The artistic patrons of the Chat Noir and its irreverent performances of songs, plays, readings, and parades set the anything-goes tone for Montmartre. Its shadow theater, which combined colored lights, painted backgrounds, and sound effects with sophisticated cut-outs (emphasizing bold shapes and expressive silhouettes), was especially influential on the development of art in Toulouse-Lautrec's circle.

Provenance

International Poster Gallery, MA; Purchased by MFA, March 20, 2002

Credit Line

Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund and partial gift of James A. Lapides