Absinthe in Art: a Cultural and Chemical History

  • Absinthe in Art: a Cultural and Chemical History

Drink traditionally crafted absinthe cocktails and learn something new all at the same time. Join Glade Curator, Joseph Staley, and Glade Sommelier, Ben Harris, for this collaborative educational experience. Tickets available now.

Absinthe radically changed nineteenth-century France. Existing in one form or another since ancient times, its potent intoxicating quality profoundly impacted art, literature, and the people who impacted them and enjoyed them, its main ingredient proving to be hideously addictive and difficult to avoid for that matter (diseased French grape crops limited the production of wine, making it too expensive for middle-class individuals, and as a result, hordes of French citizens flocked to a cheaper and more potent alternative, absinthe).

Outlawed in France at the beginning of the twentieth-century, as a result of a so-called moral panic, absinthe drinking has since made a dramatic comeback, influencing everything from British club culture to paintings by Marilyn Manson using absinthe as the medium.