Ladies Victorian Low Brow Absinthe Devil 3/4 sleeve Top
Beautifully detailed ladies bearing a mischievous looking Victorian Low Brow Absinthe Devil.
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Absinthe was the drink of choice among artist and writers in the mid to late19th century frequently clled "THE DEVIL IN A BOTTLE" . It inspired poets and appeared in works by Pablo Picasso (left) and Vincent Van Gogh (right). It was drank by the scandalous playwright Oscar Wilde, the eccentric Toulouse-Lautrec, the poets Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Allen Poe, and the famous 20th century author Ernest Hemingway, just to mention a few.
By the end of the 19th century, grape phylloxera had destroyed two-thirds of the vineyards on the continent of Europe. The price of wine skyrocketed and was soon in short supply. The Aristocrats bought and consumed what was available, leaving the middle-class "la bourgeoisie" of artisans and tradesmen searching for a cheaper alternative. Absinthe was already growing in popularity and was a perfect alternative, being a distilled spirit, it was much stronger than wine and had a mysterious effect that heightened the senses. It was perfect for the emerging Bohemian culture growing in Europe.
In the cafés of Paris, the cocktail hour bacame known as "L'Heure Verte", the Green Hour.