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The Absinthe Drinker

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The Absinthe Drinker

43 x 33 in. (109.2 x 83.8 cm)

Robert Lee MacCameron
American (Chicago, IL, 1866 - 1912, New York, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John Van Voorhis
Accession Number: 1929.62
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Robert Lee MacCameron was well-known for two very different kinds of paintings: society portraits of people like President Taft, Auguste Rodin, and Lady Astor, and depictions of the sordid demi-monde of his adopted city of Paris. The Absinthe Drinker, completed in the year of the artist’s death, is an excellent example of the latter. Despite the painting’s poor condition, the sitter’s ghastly complexion and stooped posture evoke the fate of those who lost themselves to “the green fairy,” as the potent and inexpensive spirit was sometimes called.

MacCameron married Louise Van Voorhis, a member of one of Rochester’s most prominent families. Her mother donated this painting to MAG many years after the painter’s death at age 46.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

Artist's signature, lower left: MacCameron - 1912

The artist; to his mother-in-law, Mrs. John van Voorhis, Rochester NY; her gift to the Gallery in 1929

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