Surůvka, Jiří / Absinth Drinker
acrylic, canvas, 69 × 49 cm
This painting offers a distinctively personal take on a theme that has been extensively explored in art history – absinth-drinking. The drinker (a close acquaintance of the artist) is situated within the real-life setting of his home. Surůvka appropriates this theme (usually treated in a serious manner, associated with sombre introspection or self-destruction) and views it from his own perspective, introducing an element of vulgarity and imposing humour along with a degree of relaxation and immediacy.