Suicide by Hallucination: The Absintheurs

Alfred-Henry Jarry (1873-1907), author of the play, Ubu Roi

Oscar Wilde, met Verlaine in Paris in 1883. After being released from prison,  friendless and destitute, he renamed himself Sebastian Melmoth after the character who traded his soul to the devil for a longer life in Melmoth the Wanderer, as a result he had to wander the earth for a hundred years as a vampire.

Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891)

Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), poem Absinthia Taetra

Van Gogh (1853-1890), only turned to art in 1880 after failed attempts at religion and art dealing.

Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli (1824-1886)

For the artist, the occipital lobe which controls vision, is the prime location. Look at how alcohol affects that spot.

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)


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