Henri Privat-Livemont "Absinthe Robette"


Absinthe Robette

Belgian artist Privat-Livemont is the best known of the post-Mucha art nouveau stylists. He was also a prolific interior decorator, having created the décor for the Theatre Francais and the Hotel de Ville in Paris. Produced in 1896 during the height of the popularity of absinthe, this is perhaps the most acclaimed art image of the style from the era.

Thought to be dangerous and hallucinogenic, absinthe was a very popular alcoholic beverage consumed especially by artists and writers in the late 19th century Paris. Absinthe was banned in the United States in 1915 after being banned in most of Europe. Modern, safe absinthe is produced today, and the spirit is enjoying a renaissance. Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, and Edgar Allan Poe were all known absinthe drinkers.


Framed Dimensions: 24" x 30"