How Do You Pronounce 'Le Chat Noir'?
A Quick Overview Of Le Chat Noir
'Le Chat Noir' ('The Black Cat' in French) was the name of the first cabaret, which is to say a nightclub with performance art hosted by a Master of Ceremonies who interacted with the audience, and which patrons could watch while enjoying a drink. The creator, owner and host of Le Chat Noir was the impresario Rodolphe Salis, and the year of creations was 1881.
Salis lured Parisian poets and singers to perform, and the cabaret, which he later toured, was a runaway success. As MC, Salis was not averse to telling off his audience: those who arrived late were banished to a corner, and those who left early were insulted.
Le Chat Noir continued to run after Salis' death in 1897, but all that remains of the original today is a boutique hotel in Paris. You can find the website here.
The poster reads as follows 'Coming Soon (Prochainement), the Tour of Robert Salis' 'The Black Cat'. This iconic poster was the work of a Swiss-born Art Nouveau painter known as Steinlen (full name 'Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen'). You can find more of his work here.