Illustration for 'L'Inconnue' by Guy de Maupassant (1850-94), front cover of 'Gil Blas', 1st November 1891 (litho) (b/w photo), Steinlen, Theophile Alexandre (1859-1923) / Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France / Archives Charmet / The Bridgeman
Swiss artist Theophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859 – 1923) created warm, intimate posters of cabarets and music hall performers. Initially printing textiles, Steinlen moved to Paris’ Bohemian Montmartre section, where his Art Nouveau style blossomed in the avant-garde atmosphere. While living there he created numerous ads as well as hundreds of magazine illustrations and distinctive nightclub posters featuring his trademark cats. In addition to the posters, he is also known for his depictions of everyday working class Parisian scenes which display a deep sensitivity for his subjects.