Artist: T. A. Steinlen Swiss (1859-1923)
Title: Mothu et Doria
Plate: PL. 46
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1896.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
Full size sold for $ 12,650 US Poster Auctions International, N.Y. May 2005
"The theatre goer enjoys the thrill and gets good value for his money, of seeing reproduced on the stage, the strange and rather sinister atmosphere of the underworld and demimonde. Steinlen's poster for the two singers Mothu and Doria also gives a delicate hint of the social tension of the period. There is still, of course, no social unrest. There appears to be no top or bottom to society but only a coexistence of opposites. But there is nevertheless a slight difference between belonging to the 'Paris that amuses itself' and the 'Paris that works.' Behind the peremptory 'A light, if you please, sir,' there is the haunting memory of the Weavers' Rebellion in 1844, which was brutally suppressed"(Paris 1900, p.38)
Overshadowed somewhat by his extremely popular designs with cats, this poster demonstrates the true genius of Steinlen's ability to observe and then communicate with graphic excellence. With the text almost secondary, he is able to convey, with great draftsmanship, a slice of reality on a dark street of Paris in it's heyday, that one can almost feel. It is safe to say that this more serious side of Steinlen's poster works, epitomised by this poster, is rivalled only by Toulouse-Lautrec.