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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 185 A PICTURE’S WORTH 1000 200 WORDS

L'Absinthe

EDGAR DEGAS, C. 1875-1876

 

This is one of several paintings depicting Parisian bohemian life at the end of the 19th century that we will discuss before the end of the year. Here we have an evocative scene from Edgar Degas, set at the Café de la Nouvelle-Athenes in Paris.

 

Critics and audiences alike loathed this piece for years after its creation because they disapproved of the people in the scene. Although familiar faces in the artists’ community, this woman and man (a local actress and her well-known bohemian artist companion) were considered immoral and uncouth by “proper” society ...

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