Prowling Cat; verso: Male Nude Figure Study and Reclining Cat Study
Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923
Sheet: 65 x 50 cm (25 9/16 x 19 11/16 in. )
Medium or Technique
Pastel (recto) and black chalk (verso) on brown wove paper
Not On View
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.