Monday, October 6, 2014

Le Chat Noir on Wood, No Less

Toulouse Lautrec and his cat image is iconic. So I thought it would be a good crafting image for our upcoming church bazaar. You can read more about Lautrec here, if you are so inclined. But if you don't care to go into it, his life could be summarized by saying he was a talented artist who died at a young age from syphilis and alcoholism, and was most known for painting people at their labor.
Le Chat Noir (French pronunciation: ​[lə ʃa nwaʁ]; French for "The Black Cat") was a nineteenth-century entertainment establishment, in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris, opening November of 1881.  Lautrec, being one who liked a drink and the risque night life, apparently frequented this place.  So he painted the establishment a piece of graphic art.  And it is still famous.

From here:

In 1881 the artist-cum-entrepreneur Rodolphe Salis opened a new cabaret called the Chat Noir (“black cat”) at the foot of Montmartre’s hill. The name called to mind Edgar Allen Poe’s perverse and haunting tale by the same title, French folktales, and the poetry of Charles Baudelaire. The black cat—a nocturnal creature that is mysterious, seductive, playful, and independent—became a symbol not only for the Chat Noir itself, but for all of Montmartre. The Chat Noir became a gathering spot for avant-garde artists, poets, musicians, and writers, who used the cabaret as an artistic laboratory to recite poems, sing songs, and exhibit paintings.
Several years ago I saw the Lautrec exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art and picked up a few trinkets with his more famous pictures affixed to hand mirrors, etc.  But the cat poster has always held my interest.

So here are a few pieces for sale for the church coffers.  Maybe someone else likes Chat Noir also. Price?  Maybe five bucks. Heck, the hooks and thermometers cost that much!

Of course, I had to make one key ring holder with flowers.

Hope they sell.  Then I won't have to make cookies for the next church fund raiser.  Maybe.


  1. I love your work! Oh they WILL sell:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

  2. Oh I'm sure your beautiful art will sell! That's funny that cookies come next!

  3. This is so interesting Nancy, and the drawings-I like! I will have to read the story about this artist. The cat poster is really so modern-like. And, I like your great key ring holder.

    Hope you and your family are doing well, Happy fall Nancy! Hugs! ♥


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