Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923, Swiss)

Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen Sculpting a Cat Photo by Agence Meurisse

Steinlen Sculpting a Cat
Photo by Agence Meurisse

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923, Swiss) was an Art Nouveau printmaker, illustrator, painter and sculptor best known for his prolific portfolio of cat depictions.  Steinlen had a love of art from an early age and attended art school in his native Lausanne. In 1881, he moved to Paris. Living in Montmartre allowed him to meet the leading artists and writers of the day who often frequented the club Chat Noir. In Paris he began to illustrate various magazines and books by Guy de Maupassant and Anatole Frances.  

Steinlen’s fondness for cats is documented back to his early school days when he drew them in the margins of his school books. In Paris, his home on the Rue Caulaincourt was well known by the neighborhood cats.  During his first years in Paris, it is said that he drew cats and sold the sketches for food. Several books have been published of his cat illustrations, drawings and paintings. Steinlen’s cats are elegant and sophisticated, not cute and mischievous, as they were depicted by so many other 19th and early 20th century artists.

Steinlen is buried in Cimetière Saint-Vincent, Montmartre.

Enjoy below the most comprehensive collection of Steinlen’s cat paintings, drawings/sketches, posters and statues. 

 

Black and Calico Cats, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen

Black and Calico Cats

 

 

Black and White Cat, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen

Black and White Cat

 

 

Apotheosis of Cats, 1890, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen

Apotheosis of Cats, 1890

 

A Small Girl with a Cat, 1889 by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen

A Small Girl with a Cat, 1889

 

 

Pierrot et le chat 1889, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, (1859-1923)

Pierrot et le chat
1889

 

 

Black and White Cats, Theophile Steinlen

Black and White Cats

 

 

Black Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Black Cat

 

 

Black Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Black Cat

 

 

Blue Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Blue Cat

 

 

Calico Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Calico Cat

 

 

Cat on a Blanket, Theophile Steinlen

Cat on a Blanket


Cat on a Fence, Theophile Steinlen

Cat on a Fence

 

 

Cat on a Sofa, Theophile Steinlen

Cat on a Sofa

 

 

Cat Sleeping on Floor, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Sleeping on Floor

 

 

Cats and Moon, Theophile Steinlen

Cats and Moon

 

 

Chat au Clair de Lune, c. 1900

Chat au Clair de Lune, c. 1900

 

 

Chat dormant, Theophile Steinlen

Chat dormant

 

 

Colette with Two Cats, Theophile Steinlen

Colette with Two Cats


Dans La Cuisine, Theophile Steinlen

Dans La Cuisine

 

 

Les Trois Chats , Theophile Steinlen

Les Trois Chats

 

 

Mere Chatte, Theophile Steinlen

Mere Chatte

 

 

Reclining Cat Stretched Out from Left to Right, February 1903 Theophile Steinlen

Reclining Cat Stretched Out from Left to Right, 1903

 

 

Recumbent Cat, 1898, Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

Recumbent Cat, 1898

 

 

Relaxing Brown Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Relaxing Brown Cat

 

 

Sleeping cat in a chair, Theophile Steinlen

Sleeping cat in a chair

 

 

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen Cat on a Chair 1900-02

Cat on a Chair 1900-02

 

 

Theophile Alexandre Steinlen, Sleeping Cats 1915

Sleeping Cats 1915

 

 

Theophile Steinlen Chat et Chatte

Chat et Chatte

 

 

Theophile Steinlen, Deux chats

Deux chats

 

Theophile Steinlen, Sleeping cat

Sleeping cat


Theophile Steinlen The blue cat

The blue cat

 

 

Theophile Steinlen, Cats 1900-

Cats 1900-

 

 

Theophille Steinlen, Sitting Black Cat

Sitting Black Cat

 

 

Two Cats on a Pillow, Theophile Steinlen

Two Cats on a Pillow

 

 

Wary Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Wary Cat

 

 

Black and Siamese Cats, Theophile Steinlen

Black and Siamese Cats

 

 

Black Cat Stretched Out, Theophile Steinlen

Black Cat Stretched Out

 

 

Cat Arching Its Back, 1898 Art inst of Chicago

Cat Arching Its Back, 1898

 

 

Cat Cleaning Itself, Theophile Steinlen-1902

Cat Cleaning Itself, 1902

 

 

Cat Looking Forward, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Looking Forward

 

 

Cat Looking Up, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Looking Up

 

 

Cat on its Back, Theophile Steinlen

Cat on its Back

 

 

Cat Sleeping on a Chair, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Sleeping on a Chair

 

 

Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Cat

 

 

Cats Theophile Steinlen

Cats

 

 

Cats Sleeping in the Studio April 1922 Theophile Steinlen

Cats Sleeping in the Studio April 1922


Chats, 1896

Chats, 1896

 

 

Man and Woman and Two Cats Sleeping, Theophile Steinlen

Man and Woman and Two Cats Sleeping

 

 

Petit Chat Siamois, Theophile Steinlen, 1914

Petit Chat Siamois, 1914

 

 

Seated Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Seated Cat

 

 

Sketch for Steinlen logo, Theophile Steinlen

Sketch for Steinlen logo

 

Theophile Steinlen, cat logo

Final Logo

 

 

Sleeping cats, Theophile Steinlen

Sleeping cats

 

 

Study of a Cat's Head, Theophile Steinlen

Study of a Cat’s Head

 

 

Study of cats -- Fritz et Chiffon, Theophile Steinlen

Study of cats — Fritz et Chiffon

 

 

Tabby Cat Sleeping, Theophile Steinlen

Tabby Cat Sleeping

 

 

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923) Study of a Cat Walking to the Right pen and ink 11 x 16 cm Private Collection

Study of a Cat Walking to the Right

 

 

Theophile Steinlen, Footer

Footer

 

 

Theophile Steinlen, Two cats

Two cats

 

 

Black Cat Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen

Black Cat

 

 

Théophile-Alexandre-Steinlen, La-têtée-Nursing-Time, 1920

La-têtée-Nursing-Time, 1920

 

 

Three cat study, Theophile Steinlen

Three cat study

 

 

Two Cats on a Cushion, 1914, Theophile Steinlen

Two Cats on a Cushion, 1914

 

 

Two Cats, Theophile Steinlen

Two Cats

 

 

Two Siamese Cats Sleeping, 1920, Theophle Steinlen

Two Siamese Cats Sleeping, 1920

 

 

1919 Théophile Alexandre Steinlen Study of a Cat Resting on a Pillow

Study of a Cat Resting on a Pillow 1919

 

 

Cat Sketch with Face in Background, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Sketch with Face in Background

 

 

 

Cat Sketch, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Sketch

 

 

Cat Sketches1, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Sketches

 

 

Cat Walking, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Walking

 

 

Cats Sitting, Theophile Steinlen

Cats Sitting

 

 

Chatte Tricolore Allongee, Theophile Steinlen

Chatte Tricolore Allongee

 

 

Deux Chats Endormis, Theophile Steinlen

Deux Chats Endormis

 

 

Etude des Chats

Etude des Chats

 

 

Etude des Chats Steinlen

Etude des Chats

 

 

Etude des Chats2, Theophile Steinlen

Etude des Chats2,

 

 

Etude des Chats3, Theophile Steinlen

Etude des Chats3

 

 

Le Chat Enerve, Theophile Steinlen

Le Chat Enerve

 

 

Mother and Kitten, Theophile Steinlen

Mother and Kitten

 

 

Seated Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Seated Cat

 

 

Siamese Cats, Theophile Steinlen

Siamese Cats

 

 

Sketches of Cats, Theophile Steinlen

Sketches of Cats

 

 

Sleeping Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Sleeping Cat

 

 

Standing Tabby Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Standing Tabby Cat

 

 

Study of a Cat, Theophile Steinlen

Study of a Cat

 

 

Study of Siamese Cats Sleeping, Theophile Steinlen

Study of Siamese Cats Sleeping

 

 

Theophile Steinlen, Siamese Cats

Siamese Cats

 

 

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923) - Study of a cat walking

Study of a cat walking

 

 

Three Cat Sketches, Theophile Steinlen

Three Cat Sketches

 

 

Two Cats Sketch, Theophile Steinlen

Two Cats Sketch

 

 

Two Cats Sleeping, Theophile Steinlen

Two Cats Sleeping

 

 

Two Seated Cats, Theophile Steinlen

Two Seated Cats

 

 

Two Siamese, Theophile Steinlen

Two Siamese

 

 

Le Chat Noir in various positions Theophile Steinlen

 

 

Des chats, Theophile Steinlen

 

 

Black cat and frog, Theophile Steinlen

 

 

Theophile Steinlen, 1890 cats

 

 

Theophile Steinlen, Des chats2

 

 

 

 

Cat and Goldfish, Theophile Steinlen

 

 

 

 

1894 Theophile Steinlen cat poster

1894

 

1898 des chats, Theophile Steinlen

1898

 

 

theophile Steinlen Cat poster with artist 1897 art nouveau

1897

 

 

Gaudeamus ,1890, Theophile Steinlen

Gaudeamus ,1890

 

 

Theophile Steinlen, Black Cat Poster

Black Cat Poster

 

 

Theophile Steinlen, Chat Noir Poster

Chat Noir Poster

 

 

Detail, Le Chat Noir Poster, Theophile Steinlen

Detail, Le Chat Noir Poster

 

 

Theophile Steinlen, Chocolate Poster

Chocolate Poster

 

 

Vet poster Théophile-Alexandre-Steinlen

 

 

Detail, Vet Poster, Theophile Steinlen

Detail, Vet Poster

 

 

Angora Cat Statue, Theophile Steinlen

Angora Cat Statue

 

 

Angora Cat Statue2, Theophile Steinlen

Angora Cat Statue 2

 

 

Cat Head Statue, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Head Statue

 

 

Cat Looking Down Statue, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Looking Down Statue

 

 

Cat Lying Down Statue, Theophile Steinlen

Cat Lying Down Statue

 

 

Chat Angora Statue, Theophile Steinlen

Chat Angora Statue

 

 

La Sieste du Chat, Theophile Steinlen

La Sieste du Chat

 

 

Petit Chat Couchant Statue, Theophile Steinlen

Petit Chat Couchant Statue

 

 

Reclining cat Statue, Theophile Steinlen

Reclining cat Statue

 

 

Seated Cat Statue, Theophile Steinlen

Seated Cat Statue

 

 

Sitting Cat Statue, Theophile Steinlen

Sitting Cat Statue


Standing Cat Statue, Theopile Steinlen

Standing Cat Statue

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