Drinks throughout art history

8. The Absinthe Fairy

lafeeverteabsintheAt the end of the nineteenth century absinthe was adopted by the bohemian artists and writers living in France. Serving as the subject of many pieces of fine art and specifically mentioned in literature, we cannot know how much music, literature and art was influenced by this green muse – although Degas, Picasso (both seen previously) and van Gogh have all expressly featured absinthe drinkers in various paintings.

The art deco pieces adequately reflect the mysterious, mind-altering liquor, the nymph like fairy insinuating the aphrodisiac qualities often attributed to it.

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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