Théophile Steinlen, born on November 10, 1859, frequently referred as just Steinlen, was a Swiss-born French Art
Nouveau painter and printmaker.
In his early twenties he was still developing his skills as a painter when he and his new wife were encouraged by the
painter François Bocion to move to the artistic community of Montmatre Quarter, France, where he lived until his
death on Dember 13, 1923. Once there, Steinlen was befriended by the painter Adolphe Willette who introduced him
to the artistic crowd at Le Chat Noir that led to his commissions to do poster art for the cabaret owner/entertainer,
Aristide Bruant and other commercial enterprises.
He quickly won popular acceptance and created hundreds of paintings and lithographies of his nearer environment,
as well as many posters. His favourite subject was always cats, which appeared in most of his works as shown in the