Few artists have been more passionately fond of cats than Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French, 1859–1923), a Swiss- born graphic artist who lived in Paris. He drew cats throughout his long career with unvarying grace and skill, particularly those from his Montmartre neighborhood. Their antics are illustrated in the artist's most famous book, Des chats: images sans paroles (Cats: Pictures without Words), ca. 1898, a copy of which is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. The charming images on our tea towel are adapted from drawings in Des chats.
Made in Italy
28 3/4''L x 15 1/2''W
by the Metropolitan Museum of Art