A cold evening on the streets of Paris finds an aggressive newspaper
hawker trying to get the attention of a gentleman passer-by. He exclaims
boldly, "If you are asking for news of d'Arton! (The architect
of the panama canal)...No? You don't want to hear it?...Well then!
Damn you as a 'Chequard!' (Political faction) Bloody Panamiste!"
Steinlen takes a political issue to the streets of Paris with great
"The years around the turn of the century in Paris were the
great periods of the 'artist-reporter' those painters who found
their inspiration in the events of every-day life. One of the very
greatest of these was Steinlen. With an eye for movement and gesture,
with the ability to translate the scenes of the cafes, bars and
street corners into pictorial composition, in his drawings he created
a pattern of expressive shape, swift shading and telling details
of facial expression which is redolent with the whole atmosphere
of the period" (Weston
No.5 1984, 28)