The Green Fairy in the Art World

The Green Fairy has many very famous “acquaintances,” including Edgar Degas, Charles Baudelaire, Mary Shelley, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Edouard Manet, Ernest Hemingway, and Oscar Wilde.

The Green Fairy was highly romanticized for these artists and writers, many of whom believed that it was an essential part of their creative process. In fact, the drink is sometimes credited with shaping the Age of Impressionism. Pablo Picasso created many pieces inspired by absinthe’s effects, advertisements and ceremonies. Alfred Jarry claimed that the drink was a key component in the creation of his absurdist play Ubu Roi. Some artists, such as Albert Maignan and Viktor Oliva, even incorporated depictions of the Green Fairy in their work.

Though the drink itself has lost its popularity (and in many places its legality), the darkness, allure, and mystery surrounding the Green Fairy continue to be a source of inspiration for artists today.

Pictured below are four works by deviantART artists inspired by the Green Fairy and her magical elixir (follow the links for specific information about each artist). From right: