Drinks throughout art history

5th April, 2013 by db_staff

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”.

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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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