An interesting article from the International Review of Neurobiology a couple of years ago on the purported effect of absinthe on painting, "Absinthe, The Nervous System and Painting."

The article should not be taken too seriously as it cites Arnold extensively and concludes, in part, that "the current formula lacks its original toxic features because the upper limit of thujone concentration is lower than the original (0.26 g/l–0.01 mg/l) (Strang et al., 1999)."

Still, it's worth reading. No abstract is available but if anyone would like an electronic copy, let me know.