Halloween and Le Chat Noir

When someone mentions “black cats” (as my partner in a Halloween swap did), it brings to mind two iconic images. My inspiration for this project comes from second of those two icons. More on the first later, but for this project, “The Black Cat Poster” or, Théophile Steinlen’s 1896 advertisement for the cabaret, Le Chat Noir:

le chat noir caberet

The Cabaret on the right was located at 68 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris-Montmartre. What a great building for this project. Here’s my Halloween-influenced interpretation of Le Chat Noir:

le chat noir caberet

The windows are isinglass (thin sheets of mica). All of the trim is wood.

le chat noir caberet

le chat noir cabaret

One of my favorite bits:

le chat noir cabaret

And the Le Chat Noir Moon sign:

le chat noir cabaret

le chat noir cabaret

I loved working on this project, because everywhere I turned, I was reminded of the iconic “black cat” image for me, my buddy-boy, Spike (1982-1991):

2 comments for “Halloween and Le Chat Noir

  1. October 16, 2012 at 6:57 am

    What a nice little house! I have seen that house last year when I was in Paris; the Montmartremuseum was a wonderful place. My cat looks just the same as yours and the cat I had before too; love black cats.

  2. Carolyn
    October 16, 2012 at 9:05 am

    What a fabuolus inspiration for a fabulous halloween swap done as only jivvy can!

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