The Scent of a Rose, c.1890 (oil on canvas), Livemont, Privat (1861-1936) / Private Collection / Photo Â© Christie's Images / The Bridgeman Art Library
In Privat Livemont’s exceptionally colored, detailed posters, beautiful women hold glasses of absinthe aloft as though receiving a sacred elixir from the gods. The Belgian artist was renowned for his absinthe-themed Art Nouveau advertisements. Originally a painter, his career took an unanticipated turn when a poster he designed won first prize prompting his to learn lithography. Livemont's (1861 – 1936) iconic works are displayed in museums and galleries worldwide.