New Framed Prints from Artist Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

Nostalgic Art for Your Walls

Recently added to the Website Exclusive assortment here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, are two new framed prints from artist Theophile Alexandre Steinlen; (learn more on this artist below). Pictured here to the left is our Lait Sterilise Girl & Cats Print. ‘Lait pur sterilise de la Vingeanne’ translates to pure sterilized milk from La Vingeanne (a region of France). This piece of art is ideal for any cat lover.

The young girl portrayed in the image is actually the artist’s daughter. Theophile often used his own personal friends and family, including his felines as subject matter; a clear indicator of the Art Noveau style (read more about this below). Similarly themed, Sturbridge offers another option from this artist, titled our Clinique Cheron Nostalgic Advertisement. Here we see one of the artist’s many commercial works; a 1905 advertisement for a Veterinarian Clinic with a specialist doctor in the Saint-Cheron region of north central France. This time showcasing his love for both cats and dogs, the overall color palette used in the prints is antiqued in nature, and gives a nod to the time period. Add a piece of of vintage, Parisian inspired art to your walls with either of these new, made in the USA prints today.

Art Nouveau Style

From the year 1890 to around 1914, an art movement referred to as Art Nouveau or ‘new art’ in French, had begun to spread throughout western Europe. At this time, artists were emerging with their own styles, breaking away from traditional methods across all mediums; painters, designers, architects and others. Furthermore, the sense of urban city life with a desire for culture and new ideas, was prevalent as well.

Art Nouveau is noted as the first real decorative style of 20th century. It’s a distinctive style, where the paintings feature a heavy emphasis on the natural world and ones own daily surroundings. Gaining roots in Paris, the art form also depicted a bohemian lifestyle, one which attracted the attention of the poor working class in the region.

About the Artist: Theophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859 – 1923)

One artist who definitely attributed to the success of the Art Nouveau movement, was Switzerland born artist, Theophile Alexandre Steinlen. After studing philopsphy at the University of Lausanne, Theophile moved to Paris in 1881. Once employed as a textile printer, the artist became excited about his new Parisian life, including all of the increasingly popular music halls and cabarets. Exposed to a new world of artistic and literary thinking, it’s easy to see where the artist’s influences derived from. He was well known for his success in illustration, night club posters, advertising and other work in stylized graphics.

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