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The Absinthe Drinker

Edgar Degas

The Absinthe Drinker

Edgar Degas
  • Original Title: Au Café (l'Absinthe)
  • Date: 1876
  • Style: Impressionism
  • Genre: genre painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Dimensions: 92 x 68 cm
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The two figures in this painting are Ellen Andree, a noted French Actress, and Marcellin Desboutin, an artist and noted bohemian personality, sitting at the Café de la Nouvelle-Athenes, in Paris, France. In front of the woman sits a glass of the greenish colored liquid, Absinthe. It was first exhibited in 1872, where it was criticized as ugly and disgusting, and a later exhibition in 1892 it was removed from the show. It was shown a year later inn England, where it sparked controversy. The woman in the painting was derided as a whore and the entire image was seen as a blow to morality and the degradation of society due to absinthe.

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