Albert Pierre René Maignan, The Green Muse (La muse verte)

Musée de Picardie d'Amiens

Date: 1895
Technique: Oil on canvas

The Green Fairy is the English translation of La Fee Verte, the affectionate French nickname given to the celebrated absinthe drink in the nineteenth century. The nickname stuck, and over a century later, "absinthe" and "Green Fairy" continue to be used interchangeably by devotees of the potent green alcohol. Absinthe earned other nicknames, too: poets and artists were inspired by the "Green Muse".

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