March 4 – April 30, 2022
THÉOPHILE-ALEXANDRE STEINLEN; The War Years (1914-1918)
313 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen was born in 1859 in Lausanne, Switzerland. He studied at the University of Lausanne before moving to Paris and later settling in Montmartre. Steinlen originally moved to the city to pursue a practical education at a textile factory before becoming involved with the burgeoning artistic and intellectual circles. He became interested in publications as a democratic dissemination of art to challenge hierarchies. He contributed to many journals and papers such as Gil Blas, Le Rire, Le Chambard Socialiste, and La Feuille. He also wrote for a periodical from Le Chat Noir, the famous tavern frequented by Toulouse-Lautrec, Emile Zola, Jules Verne, et al. Steinlen is well-known for his lithographic posters, especially the famous Tournée du Chat Noir. Throughout his lifetime he created more than 600 original lithographs, etchings, and other prints as well as some paintings and sculptures. Steinlen continued to work and exhibit until his passing in Paris in 1923.