Current Inventory by Théophile Steinlen

Le Pauvre Hère


      Theophile Steinlen (1859-1923), Le Pauvre Hère, 1902, etching and drypoint on zinc, signed and dedicated (a Mr. Gerard/cordial souvenir) in pencil. In very good condition, the full sheet, printed on cream laid paper (partial watermark IES). Reference: Crauzat 38, first state (of 2), 332 x 227 mm. 13 1/4 x 9, the sheet 16 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. A fine rich black impression, with substantial burr from the drypoint work. This impression appears to be a proof before the edition of 50 in the second state; before a slight amount of additional delineation of the man’s jacket.

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Femme de Chagrin


  Theophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), Femme de Chagrin, 1894, lithograph, signed in pencil lower right [also signed in the plate lower center]. Reference: Crauzat 454, first state (of two), with color added and before lettering except for the title. In very good condition apart from oil stains at edges (away from matrix), with margins, 10 3/4 x 7 1/2, the sheet 12 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches. A fine impression with printed in rich black ink with fresh color added (au patron). This is the first state for a music cover, a children’s lullaby (berceuse) with the title shown but […]

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Chanson du Soir


Theophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), Chanson du Soir, etching,  c. 1913,  signed in pencil lower right. Not in Crauzat (but see below) in excellent condition, printed on a cream laid Arches paper (with a partial watermark), 11 3/4 x 6, the sheet 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches. Provenance: ex Collection: Forgues, Eugène Daurand (1857-1933) Premier Président de la Cour d’Appel, Paris, with his stamp recto lower right margin (Lugt 743a) A fine strong impression of this rare print; the print is known is several versions and states; this is an early state, after the first state but before larger unsigned […]

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Interior of Tramway


Theophile Steinlen (1859-1923), Interior of Tramway, lithograph, 1896, signed lower right in red pencil. Reference: Crauzat 173. In good condition, on Chine Volant with wide (full) margins, 10 5/8 x 13 5/8, the sheet 16 1/2 x 20. A proof impression apart from the edition of 50. A fine proof impression of this well known masterpiece. Theophile Alexandre Steinlen began his career as an illustrator for Paris journals (Le Chat Noir, Gil Blas), and was naturally attracted to printmaking presumably because he was such an excellent draughtsman. His lithographic work, such as Interior of Tramway, was of course informed by the marvelous […]

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Veuves d’un Louis


Théophile Steinlen (1859-1923), Veuves d’un Louis, lithograph in two colors (brown and black), 1915, numbered (326/400 but not signed [signed, titled and dated in the plate], from the edition of 400.  Not in Crauzat (Crauzat was published in 1913, and so did not include works after that date).  In very good condition, the full sheet, on a cream wove paper, 16 x 12 1/4, the sheet 22 x 15 inches. A fine impression. Although he is famed  for his fin de siecle posters (and for his cats!), Steinlen’s work throughout his career was marked by strong social consciousness. From early on, he […]

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