Larger version sold for $ 21,850 US
(approx 15 x 24 in)
Lot No.528, Poster Auctions International,
N.Y. May 2008.
The historic "Black Cat" cabaret in the heart of Paris's
Montemarte, is represented in one of Steinlen's most memorable images.
Hardly a stranger to feline images, Steinlen's love of cat's comes
through in this striking poster.
"That darn cat is at it again in the promotional service of
the Chat Noir cabaret. The design was no doubt meant as a satirical
comment on Mucha's posters, with Steinlen's well-travelled cat's
long tail replacing the long tresses in Mucha's images and the halo
here having the inscription "Mont-Joye-Montmartre." (Rennert,
"Steinlen and his wife left for Paris in 1881, and he was soon
introduced to Rudolphe Salis. Salis was an extravagant Swiss showman,
who was to boast that 'God made the world, Napoleon set up the Legion
of Honour, and I created the Montmarte.' He was in the process of
setting up a new nightclub, the Chat Noir...Salis, always willing
to help a fellow Swiss, commissioned him to execute some drawings
of cats to scatter through out the Chat Noir. It soon became the
regular meeting place of artists, composers and writers... In 1896
he (Steinlen) produced a poster for a provincial tour by Rodolphe
Salis' Chat Noir company. This showed a black sinister, hieratic
cat on a red slab."(Belle