Drinks throughout art history

2. Edgar Degas’ L’Absinthe 1875

Absinthe Drinker in a Cafe Edgar DegasTwo figures sat side-by-side, staring in silent isolation droop in front of their glasses of absinthe.

The painting was released to a muted response; some thought it was a condemnation of the eponymous green spirit, which was discovered to be so harmful it was later prohibited, others thought the painting was a representation of the increasing social isolation in Paris during its period of rapid growth.

Either way critics called it “ugly and disgusting”.

One Response to “Drinks throughout art history”

  1. john szabo says:

    See Jean François de Troy’s 1735 paiting Le Déjeuner d’Huîtres, a serious oyster and champagne party. This could well be the first paiting that depicts champagne as we know it today – sparkling. Look closely at the four aristocrats looking up at the popped champagne cork in the middle of the painting.

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