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Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (French, 1859-1923)

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Théophile Alexandre Steinlen  (French, 1859-1923)

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (French, 1859-1923)

Figure Studies

Charcoal on paper, signed with initials.

Sheet Size: 16” x 10.25”
Frame Size: 24.25” x 18.5”

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Steinlen studied art at the académie des beaux-arts Lausanne before moving to the Montmartre section of Paris at the age of nineteen. Eventually, Steinlen involved himself in the night life of the famous cabaret, Le Chat Noir, where the city’s artistic elite came to mingle. The connection resulted in the creation of the famous poster advertisement by the same name.

However, Steinlen’s work was not limited to poster art. He painted nudes, rural landscapes, and flowers. In addition, he contributed, along with other pioneering French artists, to the independent magazines Gil Blas, Le Rie and L’Assiette au beurre.

Steinlen exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon des Humoristes. Today his work can be found in the greatest museums in the world including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, the Louvre, and the Art Institute of Chicago.


Benezit. Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs. (1999.)

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