The great master Steinlen's poster for the opera "Helle",
performed at the Theatre National de l'Opera, with it's sombre colours
and softness of line, create a moody image for this tragic Greek opera.
"His poster career started in 1885, and produced a number
of memorable images, making their point with clarity and insight.
He was keenly attuned to the disadvantaged, and for all causes that
aim at advancing simple human values. His warmth as a person can
be seen in the way he often used his own family in his poster designs:
his wife, daughter, even the family cats get shown again and again
(see PL. 95 and PL.
170), always with tenderness and pride. The vigour of his concepts
remains fresh to this day, and he is among the favourite collectible
posterists of the belle epoque" (Wine