Zinc with fabric
22 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 2 3/4in (57.2 x 32.4 x 7cm)
Museum purchase with the Victor and Peggy Barton Creighton Charitable Trust
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.
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.