The Art of Darkness

Absinthe Posters

May 2nd, 2008 by Cobwebs

Absinthe PosterHere’s a cheap and unique way to enliven that bare wall: Reproduction posters advertising absinthe.

The height of the absinthe boom in the late 19th century, coincided with the rise of the large lithographic advertising poster as a powerful commercial and artistic medium Рpioneered by the work of Jules Ch̩ret. Some of the greatest poster artists of the period РCappiello, Privat-Livemont, Lefevre, Tamagno Рcreated famous images to advertise the absinthe grand marques.

The Virtual Absinthe Museum has paired with Allposters.com to create vintage reproduction posters out of prints and advertisements from the museum’s collection. There’s some great Art Nouveau-type prints, along with darker and grittier works showing the downside of the Green Fairy. These would be a great way to add a dollop of bohemian decadence to a room.

Link (via Cynical-C)

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