La Belle Époque (1871-1914) is a period in French history during which absinthe served as inspiration to many artists. Although the following paintings may or may not be inspired by absinthe specifically, we would like to share them with you. Perhaps you too will be inspired to create art.
Here is French painter’s James Tissot’s “Hush!” (c.1875), which depicts an elegant French salon.
At about the same time as France was experiencing La Belle Époque, America was going through The Gilded Age, during which many beautiful American works were created. For example, here is Charles Courtney “Curran’s Lotus Lilies” (1888).
Here is Giovanni Boldini’s fantastic “Spanish Dancer at the Moulin Rouge” (c1905). In modern times, many people know of the Moulin Rouge due to the film of the same name, which appropriately for its time period, features absinthe drinking and an appearance by the green fairy.
Being inspired to create art was not always easy. Here is “The Sleeping Gypsy” (1897) by French artist Henri Rousseau. During his life, Rousseau was laughed at by critics and was very, very poor. But after he died, he was recognized as a self-taught genius. This painting of his has inspired poetry, music, artwork, and TV shows including “The Simpsons.”
Over 100 years ago, it was the norm for Parisians to drink absinthe. As they sipped their absinthe, there was often much music and merriment.
What music do you listen to while enjoying a glass of Lucid Absinthe?
For a contemplative mood, we like Chopin’s Nocturne in B Flat Minor:
Succès de la Belle-Epoque – J’ai tant pleuré – Valse de Bérard – 1907