Lucid Absinthe Blog 7/3/2013

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde, absinthe drinker

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“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”
― Vincent van Gogh, absinthe drinker


“It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.”
― Vincent van Gogh, absinthe drinker

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Absinthe can be as beautiful to contemplate as it is to drink.


Do you recognize this absinthe artwork? It’s quite famous.


We’d like to believe that on a brick wall somewhere in the world, there really is a poster of absinthe. But doesn’t this look Photoshopped?


Aleister Crowley and Absinthe

The English mystic Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) found artistic inspiration during the Green Hour.


In 1918, Crowley famously wrote an essay about the Green Goddess while at the Old Absinthe House in New Orleans.


Below is a page from an early manuscript of Crowley’s essay, “The Green Goddess.”

Crowley manuscript

The Absinthe Drinker

“The Absinthe Drinker” (1880) by François Raffaëlli

Le Buveur d'absinthe, 1880, François Raffaëlli

“The Absinthe Drinker” (1890) by Albert Emmanuel Bertrand

Le buveur d'absinthe, Albert Emmanuel Bertrand, (1890)

“The Absinthe Drinker” (1896) by Georges de Feure

La Buveuse d’Absinthe (1896), Georges de Feure

“The Absinthe Drinker” (1908) by Jean Béraud

Les buveur d'absinthe by Jean Béraud

100 years later…

“The Absinthe Drinker” (2008) by Hannecart Michelange

Le buveur d'absinthe, Hannecart Michelange

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The man had known the obscure night of the soul,

and lay even now in the valley of humiliation…

But for a little while he had forgotten.

– Ernest Downson (1867-1900), “Absinthia Taetra”

Les buveurs d'absinthe (Les Declasses), by Jean-Francois Raffaeli, oil on canvas, 1881, sold for 2,994,500 to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

This painting is “Les buveurs d’absinthe (Les Declasses)”, by Jean-Francois Raffaeli. It is an oil on canvas, painted in 1881. The painting sold for $2,994,500 to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.


If the sky opens on our heads,
We put absinthe to our lips.

– Octave Fere & Jules Cuvain, “Les Buveurs d’Absinthe” (1864)

Le buveur d’absinthe, Jean d’ESPARBÈS (1898-1968)

This painting is “Le buveur d’absinthe”, by Jean d’Esparbes (1898-1968).

Le buveur d’absinthe, Jean d’ESPARBÈS (1898-1968), 2

Paul Verlaine, Poet and Absinthe Drinker

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.


Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), French Symbolist poet:

“For me, my glory is a humble, ephemeral Absinthe.”

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Quotes about Absinthe

Glen MacDonough (1867-1924), US writer and lyricist. From his song, “Absinthe Frappé”:

“[Absinthe] will free you first from the burning thirst [and] the inky skies that so heavily hang o’er your soul.”


Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), English mystic and poet. From his story, “Absinthe: The Green Goddess”:

“Ah! the Green Goddess! What is the fascination that makes her so adorable and so terrible?”

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Marie Corelli (1855-1924), English novelist. From her novel “Wormwood: A Drama of Paris”:

“A nectar, bitter-sweet – like the last kiss on the lips of a discarded mistress.”


Celebrities and Absinthe

Historically, absinthe has been popular with artists and creative types. Many artists have found that it brings to their minds a certain clarity of thought and inspires them to increase their creative output. Absinthe’s historical allure in this regard, as well as its unique taste, unusual appearance, and mode of preparation, gives it a certain appeal that extends beyond simply ‘drinking’ it. Today, many celebrities enjoy absinthe; below, we offer up a few quotes of celebrities talking about the green fairy.


“For my birthday, I did one shot [of absinthe] to try it, and that was it. I was drunk immediately.”
– Evan Rachel Wood









Tommy Lee

“The last hour of the night, I was drinking absinthe. There’s not a chance I’m gonna change.”
– Tommy Lee

Absinthe at the Movies, Part III


Absinthe in “Dracula” (1992)

In the Francis Ford Coppola film “Dracula” (1992), the character of Dracula, played by Gary Oldman, charms Winona Ryder’s character over a glass of absinthe.

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Absinthe in “Total Eclipse” (1995)

In this 1995 film depicting the love affair between two artists, the artist played by Leonardo DiCaprio sits at a table where men drink absinthe, as was the custom in those days. Moreover, DiCaprio’s character listens to another artist read aloud a poem entitled “Green Absinthe.”


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Absinthe in “Get Him To The Greek” (2010)

In this 2010 comedy starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, both of their characters drink absinthe during a night out.