Alexandre Steinlen, 1894. 'Le Chat Noir' was a Parisian cabaret located in the risqué arrondissement of Montmartre. 'The Black Cat' was a fitting name, conjuring up as it does images of black magic and witches, and was probably influenced by Poe's short story of the same name, published in 1847. This poster has become an iconic symbol of Paris; one canl see vendors hawking this image printed on everything from place mats to umbrellas! Do you suppose it's the cat?