Zinc silhouette for the Chat Noir cabaret shadow play L’Épopée (The Epic)
Le Chat Noir – French for “The Black Cat”) was a 19th-century cabaret, meaning entertainment house, in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris. Le Chat Noir is thought to be the first modern cabaret: a nightclub where the patrons sat at tables and drank alcoholic beverages while being entertained by a variety show on stage, introduced by a master of ceremonies who interacted with people he knew at the tables. Perhaps best known now by its iconic Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen poster art, in its heyday it was a bustling nightclub that was part artist salon, part rowdy music hall. The cabaret published its own humorous journal Le Chat Noir, which survived until 1895.
Caran d’Ache – Zinc silhouette for the Chat Noir cabaret shadow play L’Épopée
The author died in 1909, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.
Caran d’Ache was the pseudonym of the 19th century French satirist and political cartoonist Emmanuel Poiré (November 6, 1858 – February 26, 1909). “Caran d’Ache” comes from the Russian word karandash meaning pencil (of Turkic origin; “karadash” meaning black stone — used for writing on a “karatash” meaning black slate). While his first work glorified the Napoleonic era, he went on to create “stories without words” and as a contributor to newspapers such as the Lundi du Figaro, he is sometimes hailed as one of the precursors of comic strips. The Swiss art products company Caran d’Ache is named after him.
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Poster advertising : the approaching tour of the shadow puppets theatre Le Chat Noir (the black cat) of Rodolphe Salis. 1896
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