Switzerland 1859 – France 1923
L'assommoir [The low dive] 1900 Materials & Technique: prints, posters, colour lithographic poster lithograph, printed in colour, from multiple stones/plates
Théophile Steinlen was born in Lausanne in 1859 and moved to Montmartre when he was 21 years old. He had initially studied philosophy and literature, and we can see the influence of this in his many depictions of the everyday life of Montmartre. Much of Steinlen’s art is concerned with the underlying social realities of the period. He had, for example, a great sympathy for the ‘social-realist’ works of his friend and writer Emile Zola, such that in 1900 he produced the huge advertisement for the stage adaptation of Zola’s novel L’Assommoir [The low dive].
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