tgif_sqr1.gifToday most people use Friday as an excuse to hit the town and unwind with a few drinks. Hey, you worked hard all week, you deserve it! Gauguin, on the other hand never needed such an excuse. He drank no matter what day of the week it was. So, in celebration of Gauguin's free-spirited nature we're having happy hour at the
“The first stage is like ordinary drinking, the second when you begin to see monstrous and cruel things, but if you can persevere you will enter in upon the third stage where you see things that you want to see, wonderful curious things.” – Oscar Wilde on drinking absinthe
The Green Muse, El Diablo Verde, the Green Curse of France, whatever you call it absinthe is a force to be reckoned with. This highly alcoholic liquor made of distilled herbs most notably wormwood, green anise, and fennel tastes like black licorice and looks like Scope.
The place: Paris. The year: 1889 and Paul Gauguin has found out his art is too shocking to be included in the Exposition Universelle. Was he deterred? Of course not. Gauguin and his friends decided to put on their own independent exhibition to display their new post-Impressionist style of painting. The venue they chose was Monsieur Volpini’s Café des Artes which was conveniently located on the grounds of the Exposition Universelle.