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    Absinthe Robette (1896). Very Fine- on Linen. Belgian Advertising Poster (31.75" X 43") Henri Privat Livemont Artwork.
    A stunning illustration filled with flowing lines and bold detail, this piece is perhaps the most famous advertisement ever printed for this infamous verdant spirit. Created by Henri Privat Livemont, this image has become synonymous not just with la fée verte, but also with the classic Art Nouveau stylings popularized in turn-of-the-century posters. Livemont taps into the cultural mythology surrounding the drink, referencing its supposedly hallucinogenic properties with the illustration's hazy backdrop and beautifully rendered swirls of smoke. The beverage soon became a victim of its own popularity and mythos, however, as it was banned from sale in Belgium just ten years after this poster's printing. Making its Heritage debut, this piece of stone litho artistry has light partial touchup applied to the folds. Unaddressed wear includes edge wear, moderate tears, and a few pinholes. There are a couple of small reattached chips in the side borders, but the poster's lovely interior is clean of most issues. Very Fine- on Linen.


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