Program for the Chat Noir Theater | Designed by George Auriol, 1889 - 1895


The Parisian nightclub, Le Chat Noir was an absolute hotbed for the fin-de-siècle literary and 
artistic avant-garde, including many printmakers. In particular, the shadow theatre performed
 there inspired their quest for a modern style.

George Auriol (1863 -1938) was a French poet, songwriter, graphic designer, type designer, 
and Art Nouveau artist. He worked in many media and created illustrations for the covers of 
magazines, books, and sheet music, as well as other types of work such as monograms and 
trademarks. Auriol was a member of French bohemian culture, a denizen of the Chat Noir 
("Black Cat Café") and long a friend of Erik Satie.


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