This is a new composition in our “digital foraging” series. The poster shows the collected fish from Louis Renard’s work “Poissons, écrevisses et crabes”, which was first published in 1719 and is now usually known under the title “Fantastic Fish”.
In total, there are around 400 different fish, mostly ficitve, especially in terms of their color composition. However, these fish are not completely invented and some can be assigned to real species today due to their shape.
However, for people who like it colorful, the fish are especially beautiful to look at.
High resolution print
I created the full-resolution images with a size of 16000 x 24000 pixels. This means that large-scale poster prints and wall decorations of several meters are also possible without any problems.
The original illustrations by Louis Renard
The book supposedly shows fish from the “East Indies” from the beginning of the 18th century, a time when relatively little was known about life in this region in Europe.
The author Louis Renard has never visited this area himself and the images are based on scientific records and images from other illustrators and a great deal of imagination.
Let us know what you think of these images and feel free to give us suggestions on which topics we should delve into next.