Collection of the Chat Noir

Collection du Chat Noir

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Bargiel and Zagrodzki 32


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


Medium or Technique

Poster, color lithograph printed in black and red

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Poster advertising the sale of the contents of the Chat Noir cabaret

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.


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

Credit Line

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