Images: Absinthe & the Café

4 thoughts on “Images: Absinthe & the Café”

  1. Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso have always provoked a visceral response in me — an impulse to reach into the painting, be a part of the setting, experience the light, movement, tastes and smells of the given moment. Each painting is a story a such depth. I find myself holding my breath as the paintings tell their tales.

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  2. It’s true, that while we were undergoing change here in America during the 1830’s, it was slower for women elsewhere to acquire any self-reliance or respect…thus Degas’ 1876 painting. I have also written a paper on Van Gogh’s semi-abstract pool parlor. Even the mirror in the rear room, usually used for escorted women, was blank of reflection.
    As a junkie just coming out of Thailand in ’73, I was so glad to find absinthe a standard offering in Japan. Life would have been a lot harder without it.
    Thanks for the memories.

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  3. Thanks for this addendum & extension of the paintings. VG seems as no one else to have painted his emotions & the experience of the place into an image of a place itself. Hopper’s (non-absinthe) version of the lonely cafe will be up tomorrow

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