Size: each page is A4
Medium: Watercolour and ink
Tulpenmanie - Dutch for "Tulip Mania". Also known as "Tulipomania". These two works represent (to plagiarise Wikipedia) what is considered to be the first recorded economic bubble: a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for tulip bulbs reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. At the peak of tulip mania, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. The tulip painted here is the Semper Augustus, which was the most expensive tulip sold during tulip mania.
I debated posting these as separate deviations, but they were created to be displayed together and I think need to be paired with eachother to make sense.
This was a commission I completed before Christmas. It's something a bit different from my usual work, but I like when artists have several completely different styles nestled in amongst their gallery. There is a poster apparently featured in "Wall Street 2" in Michael Douglas's apartment where the event is mentioned. I don't know, I haven't seen the movie - but apparently economists all over the world want a poster of this event! And those that are currently available out there to my eyes look a bit underwhelming and are also quite expensive for a print. So this is my take on illustrating and depicting this event.
I wanted it to look quite clean and simple, but still seem historical and Old-World enough. Hopefully it sits somewhere comfortably between looking contemporary and old. It was a bit of a challenge trying to produce that typical old botanical illustration aesthetic and approach to colour, but I think it's close (I couldn't help myself adding in a bit of purple to lift it a bit). For any typography nerds out there: the typeface I chose to hand draw is a more irregular variation on Caslon, which is derived from 17th Century Dutch Fell types typical of the era
So there you are. Something different and a bit obscure, but hopefully it can still be appreciated on some level
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