Artist: Privat-Livemont Belgian (1861-1936)
Title: Absinthe Robette
Plate: PL. 104
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1898.
Reference: DFP-II, 1062; Maitres, 104; Belle Epoque 1970, 75; Timeless Images, 38; Wine Spectator, 80; Absinthe, p. 134; Masters 1900, p. 88; Weill/Art Nouveau, p. 164; Absinthe Affiches, cover & 105; Livemont, p. 93; Belle Èpoque/Belgique, 246; Schoonbroodt, 6; PAI-LXXXIII, 365
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
Price: Temporarily out of stockI can usually source this poster. If you are interested please contact me. Greg
Full size sold for $18,400 US Poster Auctions International, NY. May 2008
With it's immense beauty and it's infamous product, this particular poster has become the most sought after of all the Maitre de l'Affiche series.
"One of the most iconic posters of all time, Livemont’s design for Absinthe Robette perfectly captures the spirit of Art Nouveau. Every element of the image is lavishly decorative yet delicately organic. Holding up her glass with the reverence of a holy relic, we do not see the hand that pours the water over the sugar, adding a mystical, otherworldly quality to the concoction. The background is made up of sensual plumes of mint on green, echoing the milky swirl within the cup." (Rennert)
"Livemont gives us a study in green, shading from chartreuse to olive, because "absinthe was known as The Green Fairy. It was a potent hallucinogen, which Livemont hints at by having the [figure] hold the drink in an attitude of mystic awe, as well as by the use of a strangely convoluted pattern in the background. A classic of inspired product promotion!" (Wine Spectator, 80).
"Thanks to Livemont's artistry, commerce is again serviced by unflinching female sensuality. Livemont started out as an interior designer in his home town of Schaerbeek, Belgium. He came to poster art after entering a poster contest on a whim and winning it. By 1898, The Poster magazine was calling him "the uncontested master of Belgian posterists." Though one of several posterists often assumed to be disciples of Mucha, Livemont's version of Art Nouveau was in fact well-developed before Mucha burst onto the scene in the 1890s."(Rennert)
Absinthe, a potent drink made from wormwood, was sometimes referred to as 'the green fairy' for it's colour and it's hallucinogenic properties. The artist therefore puts a green tinge on his whole design and evokes the intoxicating effect in a mysterious Art-Nouveau pattern that's half vegetable, half vapour. The sheerly veiled woman seems to be checking the drink she has mixed for colour and texture. An excellent example of female sensuality used in the service of commerce." (Gold p.32)
"Livemont was the foremost Belgian practitioner of the Art Nouveau style. His posters invite comparison to Mucha, but it should be remembered that he had already produced several posters by the time Mucha created his first. Above all, Livemont was a skilled lithographer, a quality evident in the subtle colour gradations and detail of this sensual poster" (Rennert)