Known as La Fée verte, the Green Fairy, absinthe was blamed for the many of the ills of the belle époque. In fact, the true problem was simply the abuse of alcohol in general. Asbinthe was the fashionable drink of artists, poets and members of the bohemian society of the time, until its ban in 1915. Pernod tranformed absinthe into pastis, and the original absinthe is now legally available in France and other countries.


Vincent van Gogh, Table avec un verre d’absinthe, 1887, oil on canvas, 46 x 43 cm, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Victor Oliva, The Absinthe Drinker, 1901, Café Slavia, Prague, Czech Republic


Jean Béraud, Les Buveurs, 1908, oil on panel, 46 x 37 cm, Private Collection


Edgar Degas, L’Absinthe or Dans un Café, 1873, oil on canvas, 68 x 92 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

ManetBuveur d'Absinthe

Edouard Manet, Le Buveur d’absinthe, 1859, oil on canvas, 181 x 106 cm, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, M Boileau au café, 1893, oil on canvas, Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA


Philippe Zacharie, L’Absinthe, Musée des Beaux Arts, Rouen, France


Axel Törneman, Absinthe


Albert Maignan, La Muse verte, 1895, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France


Pablo Picasso, Buveur d’Absinthe, 1901


Pablo Picasso, Buveur d’Absinthe, 1901, oil on canvas, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia


Pablo Picasso, The Absinthe Drinker, Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto, 1903, Private Collection

BT, 20 March, 2018, Meeting No 13

2 thoughts on “Absinthe”

  1. This is the first post in which individual topics are separated from the meeting in which they were introduced. I intend to reformat the whole blog in the same way.

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