Two Cats (A La Bodiniére, 18 Rue St. Lazare, Exposition de L'Oeuvre Dessiné et Peint de T. A. Steinlen)

Two Cats. Poster for an Exhibition of works drawn and painted by T. A. Steinlen, A. La Bodiniére

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

Catalogue Raisonné

De Crauzat 492, Proof; Bargiel and Zagrodzki 14 A2


Sheet: 59.1 x 48.7 cm (23 1/4 x 19 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Poster, color lithograph, proof before letters with hand additions in watercolor

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



No artist is more identified with cat imagery than Théophile Alexandre Steinlen. He depicted feline grace and beauty in infinite varieties in posters, books, paintings, drawings, and prints. He had a well-deserved reputation as a pioneer in color lithography; this color lithograph is a proof before letters of a design for a poster announcing an exhibition of Steinlen’s own work in 1894.


W. G. Russell Allen, Boston (1882-1955); bequest to MFA June 8, 1960

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen