Absinthe was the drink of the artists' and writers' in the late 19th century. Many were intrigued by it, for example Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Toulouse-Lautrec and Ernest Hemingway.
And as a "by the way", when interviewing a French painter today, I find out that Absinthe is now available at Alko, the independent, entirely State-owned company that has a monopoly in Finland on the retail sale of alcoholic beverages containing over 4.7 per cent of alcohol by volume. Apparently, it hasn't been before, but it has been sold in restaurants though. Well, now the Finns too can have L'Heure Verte at home too.