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Absinthe, Symbol of Decadence and Artistic Allure

Romanticized and maligned in equal measure and sipped by Oscar Wilde, Baudelaire, van Gogh, Manet, Toulouse Lautrec, Picasso and many other prominent artists and writers, Absinthe, in nineteenth century France, became a symbol of decadence. It was soon a scapegoat for the social and political ills of the period, leading to its ultimate prohibition.

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