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The Absinthe Drinker, a painting originally called Dans un Café, is an oil on canvas painted between the years of 1875 and 1876. It was an immensely controversial and critiqued artwork for its time, and it was put away up till 1892 when it was brought back to display. It was produced in the middle of Degas’ sea of graceful ballerinas and immediately cause a great commotion from his admirers.
The composition shows an urban Parisian cafe, where a woman and a man sit side by side. There are two tables in the panel, but they share one on the right. Despite the scene suggesting they are together, both stare into the void, not talking to each other or interacting in any way, immersed in their thoughts. They are not posing for the artist, lacking poise and elegance. The scene feels very natural; two people distracted sitting in a cafe. They are sharing a glass of Absinthe, and an empty bottle lies on a tray on the table by their side.
The woman is wearing a hat and a light cream-colored long sleeved top, a long brown skirt and white heels. She is completely relaxed, even loose and her hands lie on her lap. Her facial expression shows melancholy and disappointment, almost sadness. The man by her side is dressed in a black suit and a black bowler hat. His pants are dark brown, and he has black shoes. He is smoking a pipe or a cigar that is off-panel. Behind them, there is a mirror reflecting their backs. The gentleman shares the same somber facial expression as the woman. They are disheveled, bedraggled, and they look even messy. The deepness in this scene was certainly what caused it to be so spitefully rejected. Yet, it is immensely profound and real.
The way the artwork is framed makes it look like they are being observed by another cafe goer. The lack of centralization and unbalanced layout are a reference to the Orientalism, that starts to influence the painter around this time. This painting was called ugly and depressive by critics, who even said it was disgusting. They also stated that the woman wouldn’t be respectable and even the tables were horrid. Some would say it was an insult to the morals of a Victorian society, where more traditional art critics would expect to find grace, dignity, and grandiosity in the fine arts.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Absinthe Drinker, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Absinthe Drinker that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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