27 October 2005

And for today's random new interest...

Absinthe. The Green Fairy. If you've studied art history in the 19th century, you've heard of absinthe — and you may well have heard of it otherwise. Today I read a fascinating article on Wired magazine's Web site about this potent alcohol: The Mystery of the Green Menace by Brian Ashcraft. Thought I'd put together a few related images.

Édouard Manet. The Absinthe Drinker, 1859.
(Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen)

Edgar Degas. In a Cafe (The Absinthe Drinker), 1875-76.
(Musée d'Orsay, Paris)

Vincent Van Gogh. Glass of Absinthe and a Carafe, 1887.
(Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam - Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Henri Privat-Livemont. "Absinthe Robette" poster, 1896.

1 comment:

SaraJoan said...

For more on the absinthe refered to in the Wired article, see Jade Liqueurs at http://www.vintageabsinthe.com/.