Shadow puppet of an Artist Holding a Palette

ca. 1886-1897
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Object detail

Production place
Zinc with fabric
22 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 2 3/4in (57.2 x 32.4 x 7cm)
Credit line
Museum purchase with the Victor and Peggy Barton Creighton Charitable Trust
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Object type
Theatre production
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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