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"Absinthe lover" of the genius Pablo Picasso was presented to the audience in 1901. I must say that this was not the first picture depicting absinthe - a drink so popular among the Parisian bohemians of that time. Young Picasso, in a sense, paid tribute to the then fashion, devoting one of his creations to him.
In the picture we see a plot typical of that period - a lonely person in a cafe. In the case of Picasso, this tired woman drinking absinthe. As you know, he is famous for his ability to immerse people in a world of fantasies and hallucinations. The latter, by the way, explains its popularity among creative personalities. Wormwood drink was a kind of muse for many artists and writers of that time. Therefore, it is possible that the heroine of the picture is also a man of art.
The impression of the picture can be quite painful, because The scene depicted is dramatic. The doomed appearance of a woman expresses an extreme degree of loneliness and even abandonment. This is also hinted at by the too large brush of the right hand - as if the lady is trying to grab and protect herself from something. Or, perhaps, fenced off from people and the whole world. You can understand from the face that a woman is deeply immersed in her thoughts and is somewhere far beyond the boundaries of this cafe.
At the same time, the viewer may have the feeling that the heroine’s gaze is directed directly at him, as if she is studying and trying to solve it. There is a kind of smile on the woman’s lips, but this smile is not joyful, but rather sarcastic. The woman's face is angular, the look is gloomy and devastated. Her body froze in its stillness, even as if petrified. And at the same time, the figure gives out a feeling of nervousness and tension.
"Absinthe Lover" is a canvas of an incredible degree of color. Such contrasting paints were not chosen by the artist by chance. They are designed to emphasize the contrast of human life and its circumstances. The colors radiate, on the one hand, external calmness, and on the other hand, they speak of the internal struggle taking place in the heroine’s soul. Behind you can see the angle, which outlines a dark strip. Perhaps it symbolizes the impasse in life that this unfortunate woman finds herself in.
Mikhail Nesterov Pictures