Theophile Steinlen


Theophile Steinlen (1859 - 1923) was a Swiss born French "vintage poster" artist, well known as a painter but famous for his print-making at the height of the Art Nouveau movement. Befriended by the painter Adolphe Willete when he and his wife moved from Mulhouse in eastern France to the Montmarte Quarter of Paris Willete introduced him to the artistic crowd at "Le Chat Noir" (The Black Cat) that led to Steinlen being commissioned by the cabaret's owner to create some posters for the venue. Steilen's art posters are now seen as being part of the first flush of what are now called vintage posters. The revival of Art Nouveau by poster artists of the 1960s has also helped cement Steinlen as one of the founding artists of poster art.