Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso. Absinthe Drinker, 1901


Buveur d'Absinthe


Oil on canvas

73 x 54 cm

St.Petersburg. The State Hermitage Museum



In the French art of the early 20th century, there was a great interest in "vicious" characters. Picasso had many predecessors and a special attention should be drawn to the influence of Toulouse-Lautrec. Many paintings were devoted to the theme of absinthe, the drink that became a kind of fetish in Paris at the turn of the century. Many special properties were ascribed to this strong wormwood liqueur, often referred to as the "green fairy": it was thought that people addicted to absinthe suffered not just from simple alcohol abuse, but from its special "sublime" form, and that they immersed in a world of hallucinations and fantasies. So thematically Picasso is still moving in the "mainstream" of the epoch. However, the images created by the young artist are sharply dramatic. For example, in this painting, the most striking detail is a giant right hand of a woman, who is absorbed in her thoughts and tries to embrace and protect herself with this hand.

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This is such a great painting way too underrated... And saddly nobody has written any complete analysis to help me out with my homeworks haha
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