Two Cats, Theophile Steinlen. Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, frequently referred to as just Steinlen (Nov 10, 1859–Dec 13, 1923), Swiss-born French Art Nouveau painter and printmaker. He painted landscapes, flowers, nudes, and cats, for which he had a great fondness. He often painted the harsher aspects of life in Montmontre, where he lived, and did magazine illustrations under a pseudonym because of their harsh criticisms of societal ills.
Le Chat Noir (French for "The Black Cat") was a 19th-century cabaret, meaning entertainment house, in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris. It was first opened on 18 November 1881 at 84 Boulevard Rochechouart by the impresario Rodolphe Salis, and closed in 1897 not long after Salis' death (much to the disappointment of Picasso and others who looked for it when they came to Paris for the Exposition in 1900).