Flowers, butterflies and frog - canvas
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What do we see in this work of art?
This painting printed on a canvas is one of the Chochungdo (초충도, 草蟲圖). Chokhungdo (Image of Grass and Insects) is a Korean folk painting with a combination of grass, insects, amphibious lizards, etc., each with its own meaning. This is a painting depicting nature, the meaning of which is the desire for literary spirit, wealth, longevity and fertility. It is a very broad subject area, ranging from literary paintings to popular images, and is highly regarded by all walks of life.
Many chochungdo were drawn in China's Namsong period (from 1127 to 1279). In Korea, many chochungdo are believed to date from this period, as many of the chochungdo remains from Shinsaimdang (1504 to 1551) date from the early Joseon dynasty. In the 『Gaejawonhwajeon, 개자원화전, 芥子園畵傳』, detailed methods of super-faithful drawing are described, showing that she was very successful in the later generations.
The elements mainly found in Chokhungdo are cucumbers, pumpkins, grapes, eggplants, bluebells, cockscombs, cherry blossoms, cones, poppies, wild herbs, hydrangeas, yellow and white chrysanthemums, dusk, wild flowers, frogs, toads, dragonflies and bees . Grass and worms are often depicted not far from butterflies, chicks, fireflies, cicadas, lizards, hedgehogs, bats and weasels. Hwajodo consists of tall trees, flowers, birds, etc., while Chokhungdo includes small grasses and flowers and small insects that are in a close community.
The overview of the Chochungdo method, presented under the already mentioned name 『Gaejawonhwajeon, 개자원화전, 芥子園畵傳』, is as follows: "To draw a grass worm, lively movements of flying and running must be well expressed .The shape of the grass worm can be long, short, large and small, and its color changes from time to time. In summer when the grass and trees grow, the color of the insects should be green, and in autumn when the grass and the trees are colored, it should be cloudy. Grass worms are usually drawn with dots, with the ghost having to appear first. While the heads of the grass worms are drawn first, the wings of butterflies are drawn first. So that the flowers shine more colorfully , butterflies must be depicted in their environment. The wart is a small insect, and yet it must be painted with dignity. Therefore, grass worms are only very small creatures, but their form and spirit must be sufficiently expressed to convey the meaning of the thrill “to bring into effect”.
Where can this mural hang?
This printed on a canvas Artwork “Flowers, Butterflies and Frog” by Misun Kim is a real feast for the eyes for friends of flora and fauna who are also looking for something unusual. The round shape and style bring a distinctive Asian/Korean look. We recommend hanging the picture in a living room or in the dining room, where it is guaranteed to attract attention.
Image resolution quality
Original image size: 30 x 30 cm
- original title: Chochungdo (초충도)
- Artist: Misun Kim (South Korea)
- Datum: 2018
- Format: painted on the traditional Korean paper
- Size: 30x30cm
- Genre: Korean folk painting (Minhwa, 민화)