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The presentation of drinking persons in painting is an often recurring theme. The most famous are likely the paintings by Manet, Degas, Picasso and Van Gogh, painted at the end of the 19th Century, when absinthe in artistic circles reached its peak. But even in the current art numerous images of contemporary painters such as H. Breinlinger, J. Ditt or P. Bömmels are created.


F. Hals: The merry drinker (GNU Free Documentation Licence)Franz Hals: The merry drinker, 1629




Velasques: Los Borrachos (GNU Free Documentation Licence)Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velàzques: Los Borrachos (The Drinker, Triumphe of Bacchus), 1630



Pieter de Hooch: Froehliche Trinker (GNU Free Documentation Licence)Pieter de Hooch: The merry drinker, ca. 1650




Édouard Manet: Absinthe Drinker (GNU Free Documentation Licence)Édouard Manet: Absinthe Drinker, 1859




Degas: L'Absinthe (GNU Free Documentation Licence)Edgar Degas: L' Absinthe, 1876




Cézanne: The Drinker (GNU Free Documentation Licence)Paul Cézanne: The Drinker, 1890




van Gogh: The Drinker (from: van Gogh: The Drinker, 1890




  • Pablo Picasso: Absinthe Drinker (Portrait from Angel Fernandez de Soto), 1901
  • Hans Breinlinger: The Drinker, 1947
  • Jacqueline Ditt: The Drinker, 1989
  • Peter Bömmels: The Drinker, 1995
  • Patricia Detmering: The Drinker, 2005

Presentations under the GNU Free Documentation Licence.
Because of still existing copyrights some paintings are not shown.

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