Absinthe Drinker is a classic oil painting by Edgar Degas who was a stylish painter who fitted somewhere between impressionism and realism.
This website brings you great detail on the Absinthe Drinker painting and also discusses more on Degas' career as a whole, including his ballerina ballet dancer paintings which were also well respected.
The original name of this painting was L'Absinthe, but has been translated as both Absinthe Drinker and also Glass of Absinthe.
Absinthe is a very strong alcoholic drink which was much more readily available during the late 19th and early 20th century at a time when artists like Edgar Degas were stimulating the art world with their impressionist methods which were predominantly based in France at the time but later spread right across the world thanks to the influence of this important art movement which was amongst the most influential of all.
Those interested in finding more Degas paintings can find a large gallery at Degaspaintings.org.
Degas Absinthe was perhaps the most famous from this career of this talented artist but sits somewhat separated from the common themes which were seen in many of his other paintings.
Degas' career is best remembered for his use of horse racing and ballerina dancers across several long series of paintings which became the signature paintings with which he is best remembered.
L'Absinthe had it's own qualities which helped to set it aside as a fine art work.
The original was created by Degas in 1876 and is now stored in the permanent collection of the Mussee d'Orsay in Paris which itself features an incredible selection of major art works from the past few centuries.
Besides those aready mentioned here, the painting also became known as A sketch of a French Cafe and Figures at Cafe, though finally most have settled with l'Absinthe.
The new title helps one remember exactly this painting from the collection produced by this exceptional French artist.