Canvas poster - Absinthe Ban in Switzerland
This is perhaps the most famous of all absinthe posters, often simply called "Messieurs c'est l'heure" after the barman calling time on absinthe. Designed in 1910 by the satirical artist Gantner for the revolutionary journal "Guguss", it mourns the absinthe ban in Switzerland. The poster shows a triumphant prohibitionist, dressed as a priest, trampling on the murdered figure of the Green Fairy, while in the background Helvetica mourns her lost liberties. The blue cross was at the time the symbol of the powerful temperance movement "La Croix Bleue", which led the fight against absinthe, against bitter opposition from lovers of the Green Fairy. This poster more than any other symbolises the fight against the absinthe prohibitionists, and was later unofficially adopted as the symbol of clandestine absinthe production in Switzerland.
Our posters are based on ultra high res professional scans, and printed in France using state-of-the-art Giclee technology, on heavy Jetex 300g (10.6oz) canvas, which has outstanding fade-resistant and anti-curling properties (allowing the poster to rapidly resume its natural flat form once you've removed it from the shipping tube.).
Opposite is a close-up picture showing the texture of the Jetex canvas.
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