Drinks throughout art history

7. Vincent van Gogh’s The Drinkers 1862

The-DrinkersAn adaptation of Honoré Daumier’s wood engraving, van Gogh’s oil painting adds colour and life to a bleak scene of men drinking to escape their own insignificance, each generation drinking cyclically like the one before it. The distinctive wavy lines and bright colours of van Gogh’s style brighten an otherwise dour image.

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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