Modern and Contemporary Art
Glass of AbsintheMade in France, Europe
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973
Painted bronze with silver-plated spoon
1952-61-114A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952
LabelGlass of Absinthe is the only freestanding sculpture that Picasso executed between 1910 and 1926. The artist made six hand-painted bronze casts after a wax model and incorporated a silver spoon and a bronze sugar cube into each version. Absinthe, a green-colored liquor made from distilled wormwood, was thought to lead to madness and even death, but this potentially lethal drink was nonetheless extremely popular in Parisian cafés in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Due to its bitter taste, the liquid was traditionally poured into a glass of water over a sugar cube resting on a straining spoon.
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