Artist Theophile Steinlen

"Born in Lausanne, Théophile Steinlen studied at the local university before taking a design job at a textile mill in Mulhouse, in eastern France.Still developing his skills, he and his new wife were then 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 the artistic crowd at the Le Chat Noir cabaret, which led to his famous commission work for poster art for the cabaret owner and entertainer, Aristide Bruant.The area around Montmartre became a favorite subject throughout Steinlen's life and he often painted scenes of some of the rougher aspects of local life. In addition to his paintings and drawings, he also sculpted, most notably creating cats, for which he had great affection.Steinlen became a regular contributor to prominent Parisian magazines and between 1883 and 1920 he produced hundreds of illustrations, many so critical of the harsh life lived by many Parisians that he worked under a pseudonym to avoid political difficulties.Steinlen died in 1923 and is buried in the Cimetière Saint-Vincent in Montmartre. Today, his works can be found in many important museums around the world including the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C."

 
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