Le Chat Noir is thought to be the first modern cabaret. In its heyday (1881) it was a bustling nightclub that was part artist salon, part rowdy music hall. Here are different versions of the Théophile Steinlen poster art that made the cat famous.
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Wiesław Wałkuski was born in 1956 in Białystok, Poland.
He started his graphic design education at the Warsaw Academy of Art which he attended for 5 years, during the period 1976–1981.
At the end of his studies he was employed by Polfilm and Film Polski to produce artwork and cover designs.
During this period he also worked with visual studio publishers and numerous theatre groups producing artwork for productions.
Today, Wiesław has more than 200 posters to his name and he continues his work as a poster designer, an illustrator and a painter.
More of Wiesław Wałkuski can be found at http://www.walkuski.link2.pl/ and Wieslaw Walkuski.