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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.

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born Switzerland), 1859–1923). Compagnie Française des Chocolats et des Thès, 1895. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1941 (41.12.19) #cats

In 1898 Steinlen published the wonderful Des Chats, Images sans paroles, a large folio of 26 plates featuring humorous cartoon sequences of playful cats getting into all sorts of trouble.

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French, 1859–1923). Winter: Cat on a Cushion, 1909. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1950 (50.616.9) #cats