Artist: Lucien Lefevre French (1850-1902)
Title: Absinthe Mugnier
Plate: PL. 135
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1898.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
A wonderfully clad desert legionnaire, whose face practically glistens with pure joy as he admires his bottle, held aloft, of the infamous drink Absinthe, this produced by Mugnier. Lefevre once again creates a design worthy of his mentor Jules Cheret, whom he was a pupil of when he worked at the Chaix printing house.
"Two sisters living in Switzerland, gave the world a drink that eventually became the symbol of evils of alcohol, Absinthe. The Henriot sister's intentions were purely altruistic: in 1797, when a retired French major named Dubied passing through their village became ill, they offered him a potion they had been preparing at home for themselves and friends for years: an alcoholic punch flavoured with wormwood, a common herb whose root yielded a bitter but highly intoxicating essence. Dubied liked the drink, bought the formula from them, and immediately started commercial production in Couvet. In 1805 as the demand increased, he set up a new distillery on the French side of the border, in Portarlier, for his son-in-law Henri-Louis Pernod. Able now to supply all of France without having to pay duty to the Swiss, it was Pernod who really popularized absinthe, eventually establishing a vast empire of companies, all run by various members of the far-flung family" (Wine Spectator 173)