Gil Blas by Theophile Steinlen
Popular journals such as La Chat noir, Le Courrier francais and Gil Blas illustre (printed using a novel and rapid new transfer technique) provided a visual window on the ever evolving urban metropolis. Artists, entertainers, poets and the public looked to these publications for entertainment, inspiration and ideas. Even the young Pablo Picasso (in far away Barcelona) and George Braque looked forward with excitement to the innovative lithographs created each week by Steinlen, Cheret, Lunel, Toulouse-Lautrec, Willet and Mucha, who used their printmaking skills to not only mirror contemporary life and advertise their client's products but to showcase their own creative work at the same time.
This issue of Gil Blas in 1894 is a superb example of the artistic talent of Theophile Steinlen showcased on the front cover.
Technical Details: Lithograph. Sheet Size: 13.5 x 10.5 inches. Provenance: Gil Blas Illustre, 7 October 1894, #40