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Henri Privat-Livemont : “Absinthe Robette” (1896)

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First printed in 1896, Henri Privat-Livemont’s iconic Absinthe Robette is easily one of the most recognizable images associated with absinthe and with art nouveau in general. It depicts a classically-styled maiden in a sheer gown receiving a glass of absinthe from on high, as if partaking in some ancient temple rite. From an unseen fount, a trickle of water dissolves the sugar that rests atop the glass, transmuting the pure absinthe its servable color and flavor. As the alchemy unfolds before her, the woman watches, transfixed by its occult majesty. The ritual of absinthe-drinking contributed enormously to its mystique; its devotees included the likes of Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley and Vincent van Gogh.

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