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17 July 2010 @ 02:19 pm
Chat de Noir  
Before I say anything else, I should say that I never intended to do another nouveau-based poster after the Villa one of Bella, which was really done in a fit of indignation. But I kept staring at this wall print and having flashes of my terrible sense of humour.



Translates roughly into "Coming soon, the very illustrious company of the Cat of [the house of] Black. With Regulus Black" (Etymologically speaking, "of" was added before names to emphasize the name of the family/clan. To use a movie reference, in Ever After Marguerite de Ghent is introduced as "Marguerite Francois of the House of Ghent," thus de Ghent.) It never fails to amuse me how changing--or in this case, adding--a single word can change the meaning of a sentence. As for the "cat" part...well...he's Regulus! I tried to make him look mischievous, like the somewhat scary cat in the original poster, but Reg is probably the least menacing in his family.

Because of my small crusade against the cliche of Art Nouveau (people only looking at Mucha) I may as well give a small art history lesson: The artist Theophile Steinlen (what a name!) was a Swiss artist, one of the many who moved to Paris during the turn of the century. He is mostly known for his paintings of cats, particularly his posters for Chat Noir. As for Chat Noir itself, it was a cafe in Montmartre, which was The Place to be if you were an artist. (Moulin Rouge LIES!) In fact, this specific poster also had the words "avec ses Pieces d'Ombres Celebres, ses Poetes, ses Compositeurs." Rodolphe Salis, named in the original poster, was the owner and also an artist.

Oh, btw, never underestimate the power of those "points" they give you for being a member of a store; I went to the art store today because I needed a specific colour, and I gathered up enough points that they handed me a $50 gift card. Let's just say it brightened my day!

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your royal pie-nessentrenous88 on July 18th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's so compelling and lovely! A wonderful tribute to the original, and such a great take on the character with your intriguing changes.
Naadinaadi on July 20th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
This is fabulous! I really hope you will enter it in the Fringeart Imitation Challenge in January. :)