An example of the 1913 lithograph "La Mere Chatte" ("The Mother Cat"), 11 3/4" by 9 1/4" inside the mat window, (18 3/4" by 15 1/4"as framed) pencil signed in lower right margin by the important French artist THEOPHILE-ALEXANDRE STEINLEN (1859-1913). Printed in a rich chocolate brown ink, the image appears at first to be of one cat, until one looks more closely, to see an adorable tiny young face emerging behind her in the shadows. The print is signed in the plate at lower left, and a remarque image of a cat is in lower left margin, as well. Steinlen, born in Lausanne, Switzerland, was an Art Nouveau painter and printmaker. After study at the University of Lausanne, and a short period working as a design trainee at Mulhouse in eastern France, Steinlen was encouraged by the artist Francois Bocion to move to Montmartre section of Paris, the better to soak in the active art scene of the period. Soon he was receiving commissions for posters, for which he is really best known today---some posters have brought to the $50,000 area at auction. In the early 1890's he exhibited paintings (top auction price over $300,000), and later he contributed to Le Rire and Gil Blas periodicals. Steinlen was prolific, and his fame spread internationally. The print is generally clean, I note a few very small white spots of unknown origin.
THEOPHILE-ALEXANDRE STEINLEN (1859-1923) lithograph print "La Mere Chatte" 1913 pencil signed