Shadow puppet of an Artist Holding a Palette

Year
ca. 1886-1897

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Media/materials
Zinc with fabric
Credit line
Museum purchase with the Victor and Peggy Barton Creighton Charitable Trust
Accession number
TL2006.2
Object type
Department
Location
Theatre production information
Created for the Theatre d'ombres (Shadow Theatre) at Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat) cabaret in Montmartre, where Henri Rivière and other artists projected the shadows of zinc cutouts on a backlit screen, accompanied by music, sound effects, and commentary.
Further information
This parody of a fin-de-siecle painter reveals the sophistication of shadow puppets. Mesh fabric (remnants of which are visible in the artist's clothing) created a variety of tones and not just black and white.

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