Jul 30, 2002

perceptual aperitifs


While sitting at Pierluigi's hospital bedside, I read a Van Gogh biography. It theorized the possibilty that the artist's use of Extreme Yellow could be due to his addiction to absinthe. Thujone, the main component in absinthe, is responsible for its hallucinogenic properties such as causing a yellow-tinged vision.

Years ago, when I was still living in Tuscany, the town's Local Bizarre Artist went into my favorite rosticceria one day and asked for stuffed bellpeppers. The waiter asked him which color of peppers he preferred and the artist responded: Yellow, because it's the color of madness.

Goethe, in his book on chromatics, classifies colors into positive and negative tones. The king of positive tones is yellow, and that of negative tones, blue. According to Goethe, yellow, representing brightness, cheerfulness, and liveliness, inspires us with a mild stimulus.

....today I want to be stimulated....

THE ABSINTHE GUIDE-- The Absinthe Literary Review-- WHAT IS ABSINTHE?-- ABSINTHE --- Absinthe was enormously popular in late nineteenth France, having been picked up by French soldiers fighting in the Algerian conflicts of the 1840's, (supposedly to ward off fevers), and quickly spread upon their return, to individuals from all walks of life, including some of the most creative people of the era.-- Symbol of bohemia. The bottled madness. Drink of genius. Adored. Worshipped. Derided. And finally condemned. Absinthe played muse to the artists and writers of 19th Century Paris.-- Absinthe, a high proof, controversial herbal liqueur, is available again in Britain after an 85-year absence.-- Absinthe FAQ-- Mari Mayans Absinthe has again been awarded a silver medal at the prestigious International Wines & Spirits Competition-- Absinthe is a liquer.-- After a long absence, the liqueur absinthe is making a comeback.-- Absinthe, Since the characters are known, this picture could be considered as an example of Degas's portraiture or, alternatively, as a characteristic glimpse of the Parisian café. -- Infamous "van Gogh" beverage contains potent toxin with curious brain effects, UC Berkeley scientists discover-- Absinthe was popular with many artists, including Vincent van Gogh, who painted it throughout his career.-- Precise and original bottle, hand - made using unique technology - a combination of glass and ceramics. The technology is patented by CZECH ABSINTH Ltd.-- Glass of absinthe and a carafe-- Still Life with Absinthe-- Welcome to the zoomgraphics Absinthe Page!-- a b s i n t h e was a mysterious, vivid liqueur that inspired many famous artists, writers and poets such was Vincent Van Gogh-- Absinthe is an anise-flavored liqueur distilled with oil of wormwood, a herb that grows wild in Europe and has been cultivated in the United States too. Wormwood's scientific name is Artemisia absinthum, hence the name "Absinthe".-- Van Gogh's illness probed-- Absinthe is an anise-flavored liqueur made with an extract from wormwood-- Either absinthe or digoxin toxicity may have contributed to van Gogh's increasing use of the color yellow in the last years of his life. Or perhaps van Gogh may simply have loved the color yellow.-- About ABSINTHE-- THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS ON VAN GOGH'S YELLOWS-- the Absinthe Museum-- THE ART DEFEATS THE MYTH-- " Honestly, your paintings is that of a madman."--Paxil, Absinthe, and Gargle Blasters-- Vincent Van Gogh And Dizziness-- Absinthe Devotees: The Green Fog-- Ours is a world of toxins and vices -- WHAT IS WORMWOOD?-- The Absinthe Drinkers-- 99 Bottles of Absinthe on the Wall-- Absinthe – (Rauter offers) Slow food for the soul-- Absinthe is bight green liquor flavored using an herbal extract.--Absinthe makes the heart grow-- WHAT IS THE ACTIVE COMPONENT IN ABSINTHE?-- CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY REVIEW

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