ABSINTHE: GREEN FAIRY, GREEN GODDESS, LA FEÉ VERTE
Around the middle of the 19th century, Absinthe became deeply associated with the
bohemian culture of Paris. The rituals and accoutremonts of Absinthe were featured in
many of the paintings of the day, created by prominent artists such as Manet,
Van Gough and Picasso (though he was more of a 20th century artist). And when these artists were not creating works of art,
they were often found consuming the emerald elixer in large quantities often
accompanied by poets such as Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Verlaine, who were often seen
practically living at the Parisian cafés.
The taste of Absinthe is quite bitter and has been said that "drinking raw Absinthe
is like swallowing a bengal tiger". To ease the bitterness of the taste, the drink is
served with sugar and water which allows for a time honored ritual as well as the
use of special accoutrements that went along with the drinking of Absinthe.
Step 1 - Pour a measure of absinthe into a tall glass.
Step 2 - Place a slotted absinthe spoon over the glass and place a sugar cube on it.
Step 3 - Slowly pour 4 to 5 parts of iced water over the sugar and let it drip into
the glass, the absinthe will turn from emerald green to a milky white.
Step 4 - Stir gently and sip slowly.
"Art is the soul of life and the Old Absinthe House is heart and soul of the
old quarter of New Orleans . . . Here, too are marble basins hollowed -
and hallowed! - by the drippings of the water which creates by baptism the
new spirit of Absinthe. . .
"After the first glass you see things as you wish they were.
After the second, you see things as they are not.
Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible
thing in the world."
"Among our Bohemian poets absinthe has been called "the green muse."
Several, and unfortunately not the poorest, have died from its poisoned embraces.
Hégésippe Moreau, Amédée Roland, Alfred de Musset, our greatest poet after Hugo
and Lamartine--all succumbed to its disastrous effects."
"Let me be mad ...
mad with the madness of Absinthe,
the wildest, most luxurious
madness in the world."
This poster is 22 and 1/4 inches wide by 17 and 1/4 inches high, generous black, green, yellow and red inks lushly printed on parchment stock.
PLEASE NOTE: This poster image was hand-drawn by Madame Talbot using General's Cedar Pointe #333-2HB pencils on Crescent 201.6 Hot Press Medium Weight illustration board at original poster size. An antique Koh-i-Noor rapidograph pen and Dr. P. H. Martin's Bombay Black India ink were used for final inking.
After completion, the image was hand-delivered to Ryan Gwinner Press in Portland, Oregon and printed on an offset printing press.
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