Paul Verlaine is one of the most famous and talented French Symbolist poets.
It was said by some that he never wrote a bad line. He loved absinthe and drank it often. Instead of saying hello, he was known to introduce himself by saying “I take sugar with it.”
Here is a photo of Verlaine drinking absinthe in the Café François 1er. The photograph was taken in 1892 by Paul Marsan Dornac. It looks much better when clicked on and viewed at a larger resolution.
Verlaine was immortalized by his painter friends, who painted portraits of him during various stages in his life. Below is a portrait of Verlaine painted by Eugène Carrière. Verlaine was also painted by Frédéric-Auguste Cazals, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Henri Fantin-Latour, Antonio de la Gándara, and Gustave Courbet.