THEOPHILE ALEXANDRE STEINLEN (Swiss, 1859-1923) was a Swiss-born French Art Nouveau painter and printmaker. Born in Lausanne, Steinlen studied at the University of Lausanne before taking a job as a designer trainee at a textile mill in Mulhouse in eastern France.
In his early twenties he was still developing his skills as a painter when he and his new wife were encouraged by the painter François Bocion to move to the artistic community in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris. Once there, Steinlen was befriended by the painter Adolphe Willette who introduced him to the artistic crowd at Le Chat Noir that led to his commissions to do poster art for the cabaret owner/entertainer, Aristide Bruant and other commercial enterprises.
Besides illustrating advertisements for a variety of products, Steinlen was famous for his posters of cabaret and music hall performers. His later work for the journals, like that of Toulouse Lautrec, became increasingly satirical and critical of society. His permanent home, Montmartre and its environs was a favorite subject throughout Steinlen's life and he often painted genre scenes of the working class, capturing day-to-day life in Paris with a simple, endearing style. He was very fond of animals, especially cats, and often included them in his posters. He never ceased to draw them in all their activities and moods. Cats figure prominently in some of his most famous works, such as his great poster Pure sterilized milk from the Vingeanne.
His permanent home, Montmartre and its environs, was a favorite subject throughout Steinlen's life and he often painted scenes of some of the harsher aspects of life in the area. In addition to paintings and drawings, he also did sculpture on a limited basis, most notably figures of cats that he had great affection for as seen in many of his paintings.
In the early 1890s, Steinlen's paintings of rural landscapes, flowers, and nudes were being shown at the Salon des Indépendants. His 1895 lithograph titled Les Chanteurs des Rues was the frontispiece to a work entitled Chansons de Montmartre published by Éditions Flammarion with sixteen original lithographs that illustrated the Belle Époque songs of Paul Delmet.
Théophile Steinlen died in 1923 in Paris and was buried in the Cimetière Saint-Vincent in Montmartre..
Today, Steinlen's works can be found at many important museums around the world including at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., United States. His high reported public price was over Excerpted from Wikipedia, Feb. 2017. "Theophile Steinlen" and the Archives of askART.
Country of Origin: France.
Artist: THEOPHILE ALEXANDRE STEINLEN (Swiss, 1859-1923)
Medium: Pen and Ink.
Size: 7 1/2 inches tall; 10 inches wide. Framed (under glass) 14 3/4 inches by 17 inches.
Signed: Lower Right.
Condition: Pinholes. Framed behind glass, not examined out of frame. Appears to be in Good Condition overall.
Provenance: From a Peekskill, NY collection.
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THEOPHILE ALEXANDRE STEINLEN (Swiss, 1859-1923) - Original Signed Pen and Ink Drawing By Renowned Artist