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Topics: Art, painting

Friday, 6 May 2011

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Needed absinthe.

News that absinthe is to go on sale again in France has excited art dealers and gallery curators.

The green, anise-flavoured spirit contains the chemical thujone, which supposedly gives it mind-altering properties. It was banned in 1915 when it was feared that it drove people mad.

Although it went back on sale in the EU in 1980, it has remained banned in France.

The popular image absinthe enjoys is of artists, writers and philosophers sitting around in Parisian cafes quaffing bottles of it before going off to create their masterpieces.

M Gaspard Letuite of the Musée D'Orsée, Paris's great modern art gallery, said: "Mon Dieu - c'est magnifique! Zis is ze wonderful news. At last, now ze arteests will produce ze great art once again.

"Now, ze arteests, zey can, 'ow you say, get smashed on ze dodgy green stuff and start turning out ze impressioneest et post-impressioneest masterpieces encore."

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