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Lait pur stérilisé de la Vingeanne

Poster
1894 (designed and made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This poster, advertising 'pure, sterilised milk from Vingeanne' presents the viewer with a wholesome image of a young girl (the artist's daughter), perched on a chair, drinking from a bowl of milk with both hands.Three cats crowd around her feet, their mouths open as if miaowing plaintively. Since his childhood, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen had shown an aptitude for depicting cats, frequently making them the focal point of his works. A caricature of Steinlen published in 1898, shows a wave of animals threatening to completely engulf the artist, with a giant cat at his left shoulder.

Steinlen was born in Lausanne in 1859 and, after arriving in Paris in 1881, soon became a member of the artistic community in Montmartre of which Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Adolphe Willette were also members. Steinlen and Toulouse-Lautrec depicted several of the same subjects in their work but it was the Swiss artist who enjoyed greater fame during the artists' lifetimes, no doubt due to his ability to undertake more commercial work, such as this poster for Vingeanne milk, which reached a greater audience than Toulouse-Lautrec's controversial graphic work.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour lithograph
Brief Description
Poster by Théophile Alexandre Steinlen : Lait pur stérilisé de la Vingeanne. France, 1894.
Physical Description
A young girl, in a red dress with a black sash, perches on a chair, drinking from a bowl of milk with both hands. Three cats crowd around her feet, their mouths open as if miaowing plaintively.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1330mm
  • Width: 990mm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Steinlen (Signed lower left.)
  • 'Lait pur Stérilisé, de la Vingeanne' (Upper centre)
  • 'Imp. Charles Verneau, 114 Rue Oberkampf, Paris (Déposé)' (along left-hand side)
  • 'Quillot Frères Montigny sur Vingeanne Côte d'Or' (Lower right)
Credit line
Given by Mrs J.T. Clarke
Subjects depicted
Summary
This poster, advertising 'pure, sterilised milk from Vingeanne' presents the viewer with a wholesome image of a young girl (the artist's daughter), perched on a chair, drinking from a bowl of milk with both hands.Three cats crowd around her feet, their mouths open as if miaowing plaintively. Since his childhood, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen had shown an aptitude for depicting cats, frequently making them the focal point of his works. A caricature of Steinlen published in 1898, shows a wave of animals threatening to completely engulf the artist, with a giant cat at his left shoulder.



Steinlen was born in Lausanne in 1859 and, after arriving in Paris in 1881, soon became a member of the artistic community in Montmartre of which Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Adolphe Willette were also members. Steinlen and Toulouse-Lautrec depicted several of the same subjects in their work but it was the Swiss artist who enjoyed greater fame during the artists' lifetimes, no doubt due to his ability to undertake more commercial work, such as this poster for Vingeanne milk, which reached a greater audience than Toulouse-Lautrec's controversial graphic work.
Bibliographic Reference
Coutts, Howard and Claire Jones Toulouse Lautrec and the art of the French Poster. Bowes Museum, 2004. 53 p., ill. ISBN 0954818202.
Collection
Accession Number
E.296-1921

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