Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Piatnik Cabaret Art Deck

 The Piatnik Cabaret deck is one of my favorite art decks.  Of course, I start by looking at the jokers which features roosters. Frankly, I don't understand why there are roosters on the jokers. I almost overlooked the beauty of the deck since I initially just saw the roosters which while nice are nothing special in my book.

But then I looked at the other cards in this deck. It's basically Toulouse-Lautrec and other artists from La Belle Epoch in Paris with their artwork of the dancers and girls

Belle Epoch?  
Here's a quote from from bird playingcards.com (deck publisher) website where they talk about the Belle Epoque in France:

The Belle Époque in France was the exotic epoch between the Franco-Prussian War of 1871 and the Great War of 1914. It witnessed a cultural explosion – Impressionism, Zola, the Ballets Russes, the Eiffel Tower, the Paris métro, the Paris Opéra and the Moulin Rouge. It was here that Toulouse-Lautrec, all four foot of him, drank absinthe (hidden in his cane), talked and loved and sketched the demi-monde – that eclectic classless mix of pimps and pansies, artists and aristos. He created the posters that enticed the cabaret’s clientele, in the new process of colour lithography, a medium he relished. From 1891 until his death in 1901 (from syphilis and drink), 

Here's more cards from the Cabaret deck.  I love this artwork. 

If you are interested, I think this deck is still available.

Next you should look through  the other animal sections of the joker collection.

    1. Ensemble Animal combinations (cats AND dogs)
    Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    Animals: Flyers - Bee Boy
    1. Cats  or  Dogs Now there's a big cat subsection! 
    2. Flyers:  Birds, OwlsBees,  Butterflies  & Dragons . Now there's a rooster & chicken subsubsection!
    3. Horses , zebras, donkeys, giraffes ...
      1. Fantasy horses: centaurs, unicorns, pegasus
    4. Monkeys, bears, and others with paws 
    5. Animals with antlers, horns, and tusks. Elephants too!
    6. Varmints - the annoying small wild animals
    7. Reptiles, amphibians, sea creatures  

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