For Steinlen, the curvilinear form of the cat was the animal equivalent to the art nouveau lily. As well as the form and line, Steinlen could capture the way of the cat - its mood and motion - through the flick of a tail or watchful stare.
In black chalk, l.r.: Steinlen
Madame Désormière-Steinlen, Paris; acquired January 1967
Harriet Otis Cruft Fund