School of Art

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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

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Display artist/maker:

Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

Born: 1859, Switzerland, Lausanne   Died: 1923, France

Painter, printmaker and illustrator. Studied at Lausanne University before taking an internship at a textile mill in Mulhouse. Moved to Paris in 1878 where he worked as a technical draughtsmen before moving to Montmartre, where he befriended artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and Felix Vallotton (1865-1925). He began producing drawings for the paper 'Le Chat Noir' in 1883 and quickly gained a reputation as an illustrator for book covers, magazines, sheet music and posters as well as for etchings and lithographs. He held his first exhibition at La Bodiniere in 1884 and reguarly exhibited his work from 1883 at the Salon des Independants and the Salon des Humoristes. From 1885 he drew many famous posters, with his poster 'Tournée du Chat Noir' becoming one of the defining images of the Art Nouveau era. He later drew many posters opposed to the First World War, and published much of his work under pseudonyms to avoid political repercussions from his harsh portrayals of society's ills. He also became friends with Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) and produced etchings and lithographs of his work. He became a French citizen in 1901

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Croquis pour le marché aux melons PR2873 Prints

Croquis pour le tableau de St Jean PR2874 Prints

Intérieur de St Hilaire, Poitiers. PR2871 Prints

Révolte. Illustration pour un poème de Verhaeren 1914 PR2870 Prints

St Marie et Jean. Croquis pour une partie de l'eau forte de la Crucifixion PR2869 Prints

Vieux mendiant aveugle PR2872 Prints

[Workmen at rest] PR2875 Prints