The red-headed dancer in the black stockings accepts a drink from one of the customers.
"Absinthe? Oui monsieur, merci. merci beaucoup."
Written by Peter Grant and illustrated by Frances Grant "Chat Noir" is a atmospheric snapshot of one night at the famous Montmartre cafe whose proprietor was Georges Sands.
One night - sometime in the nineteenth century when Erik Satie is at the piano, and there is a shadow play, the figures for which were designed by Pierre Bonnard.
A sultry night.
The booklet is letterpress printed in several colours, in a limited edition of only 30 numbered copies which are signed by the writer and by the illustrator.
Size 150mm x 150mm. 12 pages.
John Horn says of the book-
Le Chat Noir …
breathes its story into you
its soul captured in a magic pamphlet
that whispers scenes
more real than reality.
Listen to the cadence of singing images
read the living theatre of phrases
feel the hearts of characters
more alive than life.
Behold the ethereal beauty
of exquisite graphics
that dance in their stillness
like a frozen ballet.
Turn enchanted pages
that are wondrous dreams
from which you sadly awaken.
at the conclusion
of their spell binding narrative.
John Horn 2016