Malaga, Spain 1881 - Paris 1973

Le Verre d'absinthe

Glass of Absinthe


painted bronze with silver-plated spoon


Dimensions (HxWxD): 8 78 x 4 34 x 3 38 in.

Acc. No.: 1952-61-114

Credit Line: A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

Photo credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art


  • 1952, A. E. Gallatin Collection


  • Museum's website, December 2014

Related works

  • Painted and sandy bronze, absinthe spoon, 1914, Paris, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne.
    Other bronze cast at Museum of Modern Art, New York.


  • Museum's website, 23 December 2014:
    Glass of Absinthe is the only freestanding sculpture that Picasso executed between 1910 and 1926. The artist made six hand-painted bronze casts after a wax model and incorporated a silver spoon and a bronze sugar cube into each version. Absinthe, a green-colored liquor made from distilled wormwood, was thought to lead to madness and even death, but this potentially lethal drink was nonetheless extremely popular in Parisian cafés in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Due to its bitter taste, the liquid was traditionally poured into a glass of water over a sugar cube resting on a straining spoon.