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Musée de l'Absinthe

Over the past years there have been a great number of products arriving on the market called 'absinthe'. Many bear no resemblance to the genuine taste or rituals of 19th Century French Absinthe. Marie-Claude Delahaye, absinthe historian for over 20 years, has taken up the challenge of producing an authentic Absinthe as close as possible to the 19th Century original.

La Fée captures the aroma and taste that great writers and artists such as Verlaine, Rimbaud, Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh enjoyed back at the turn of the 19th Century — Marie-Claude Delahaye

Marie-Claude Delahaye

Marie-Claude Delahaye is a lecturer in cellular biology at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. She found her first absinthe spoon in 1981 and was immediately transfixed by the 'Green Fairy'.

Spending entire days carrying out research in libraries, Marie-Claude became an absinthe historian with the publication of her first book in 1983; 'Absinthe - History of the Green Fairy'. The original edition of this book is now out of print and has become a collector's item throughout the world.

Other books have followed which have gradually unveiled the significance of absinthe in 19th Century society and more importantly its influence on art. At the same time, Marie-Claude searched antique shops and markets to establish an impressive collection of Absinthe memorabilia, etchings, drawings and paintings...

After organising numerous exhibitions, Marie-Claude eventually established the Musée de l'Absinthe in 1994. The museum is situated in Auvers-sur-Oise, the village famous for its painters where Vincent van Gogh and his brother, Theo, are buried. Absinthe was the muse of painters and poets during the 19th Century and its true spirit is rekindled at the Absinthe Museum.