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Prowling Cat; verso: Male Nude Figure Study and Reclining Cat Study

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


Dimensions

Sheet: 65 x 50 cm (25 9/16 x 19 11/16 in. )

Accession Number

67.21

Medium or Technique

Pastel (recto) and black chalk (verso) on brown wove paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe , Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

For Steinlen, the curvilinear form of the cat was the animal equivalent to the art nouveau lily. As well as the form and line, Steinlen could capture the way of the cat - its mood and motion - through the flick of a tail or watchful stare.

Inscription

In black chalk, l.r.: Steinlen

Provenance

Madame Désormière-Steinlen, Paris; acquired January 1967

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund