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Tulip Mania - Giclée Art Prints

Tulip Mania - Giclée Art Prints

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Artist Statement:

From 1588 - 1672. Dutch society - art and trade in particular, was widely revered among its European peers. Dutch Golden Age art is my biggest influence and my favorite art period in history. Florals abound in still life paintings, and tulips were the shining star. Still life was a way to communicate the current state of the world without words, as well as express beauty through well composed objects.

The tulip was sought after at the time due to the intensity of the color compared to existing European flowers. While there’s some debate about where they came from precisely, Tulip bulbs, along with other new plant life like vegetables, came to Europe in the 16th century.

These bulbs made their way from Vienna to Amsterdam, where they became a keystone of Dutch society. Unique, exotic looking varietals were created due to the mosaic or “tulip breaking” virus which spreads through the buds and slows propagation. Cultivation of these types took significantly longer than unbroken varietals and made them more expensive and covetable.

Although the scale of this is contested heavily by modern economists and historians, the gist of “Tulip Mania” is this - the popularity of the tulip created its own sort of stock market in 1634, peaked, and then plummeted swiftly in February of 1637 when no new buyers were willing to pay inflated prices for tulips

At its peak, it was reported that a single tulip sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled artisan. Much of the information about tulip mania is speculation, due to very limited historical economic data. It also had no critical influence on the Dutch economy at large, but seemed limited to small social-economic groups. Interesting!

I encourage you to read further about this time period and tulip mania if this was interesting to you!



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