Images: Absinthe & the Café

Edgar Degas,

Edgar Degas, “The Absinthe Drinker” (1876)

Vincent van Gogh,

Vincent van Gogh, “The Night Café in the Place Lamartine in Arles” (1888)

Pablo Picasso,

Pablo Picasso, “Absinthe Drinker” (1901)


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  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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