Monday, December 18, 2006

Verlaine by Dornac

The portraits that the celebrated Parisian photographer Paul Marsan Dornac collected and published as Les Contemporains Chez Eux show the notable figures of Paris in their private cabinets de travail surrounded by artworks, books and tools of their trade. Uniquely, this 1896 photo of the great poet and habitual absintheur Paul Verlaine shows this melancholic figure in the last year of his life with his ever-present glass of absinthe seated in a café. The location is believed to be the Café François Ier, although it may also show the Café Procope, which to this day has similar leather banquettes against the walls.

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