Figures at a Café
Christie’s Information for Hill Sale
Exhibition and Provenance Information
This painting is now known as L’Absinthe and was accepted for the Louvre as a legacy to the National Museums from Count Isaac de Camondo in 1911. It was then transferred to its current home at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
After L’Absinthe was acquired by Alexander Reid at the Hill sale, Reid sold it to Arthur Kay (a collector in Glasgow). When it was exhibited in 1893 at the Grafton Gallery it caused an outcry in the press and in popular opinion although the then Director of the Tate, D.S. McCall recognised it as an ‘inexhaustible picture, the one that draws you back again and again’ (Spectator 25.2.1893)