“After the first glass of absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.”
This is one of the many posters I had seen recently in Paris. I took a picture of this poster because I like the connection it suggests between van Gogh and the absinthe. As we know well, absinthe has played a remarkable role in the fine art movements of Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Surrealism, Modernism and Cubism. Various famous artists, including Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec had some documented association with absinthe. Vincent van Gogh was anything but a man of moderation. He drank ferocious quantities of absinthe while creating his signature painting style. His ear removing episode is often attributed to over consumption of absinthe as is his liberal use of the color yellow. Who knows?