Ad verse, adj., 1. Moving or working in an opposite or contrary
2. Unfavorable; harmful, 3. Opposite in position.
From the moment of birth,
"everyman" faces adversity. Of all the strife the world throws at him, some
rolls off and some sticks. What sticks is assimilated and absorbed,
continually changing and forever shaping his individual character
and even physical appearance.
Everyman is the sum of his adversities, carrying some large,
some small record of those that changed his life. How everyman
carries this baggage marks his degree of perseverance.
Tulips are the subject of this painting because they are truly the
flower to represent
From growing wild in their native Persia where even the poor enjoyed
them, to "Tulipmania"
in 17th century Holland where vast fortunes were made or
lost for the wealthy in the Tulip Futures Market, they have been
associated with the impoverished as well as affluent. From having a
religious significance to Allah for Muslims, to becoming an emblem
for the Chalice (Holy Grail) in many Christian faiths, they
represent an association between man and his Creator. From
rich-man/poor-man to Muslim/Christian, they are a bridge between men
that rarely exists.