Flowers, butterflies and frog - artwork
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What do we see in this work of art?
This painting is one of the Chokhungdo (초충도, 草蟲圖). Chokhungdo (Picture 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 wide-ranging subject ranging from literary paintings to popular images and is liked by all walks of life.
Many chochungdo were drawn in China's Namsong period (from 1127 to 1279). In Korea it is believed that many chochungdo date from this period, as many of the chochungdo remains of 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 it was very popular 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 found near butterflies, chicks, fireflies, cicadas, lizards, hedgehogs, bats and weasels. Hwajodo is composed of tall trees, flowers, birds, etc., while Chokhungdo is composed of small grasses and flowers of perennial plants and small insects that live in close relationship with each other.
The overview of the Chochungdo method presented at 『Gaejawonhwajeon, 개자원화전, 芥子園畵傳』 is as follows. "To draw a grass worm, vivid 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 trees are colored, it should be dull. Grass worms are usually drawn with dots, with the ghost appearing first. While in the grass worms, the heads are drawn first When it comes to butterflies, we first focus on the wings. In order for the flowers to shine more colorfully, butterflies have to be depicted in their surroundings. The wart is a small insect, and yet it has to be painted with dignity. That's why grass worms are only very small creatures, but their form and spirit must be sufficiently expressed to bring out the meaning of the thrill”.
Where can this original artwork hang?
The 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.
Details of this painting
- Original title: Chochungdo (초충도)
- Artist: Misun Kim (South Korea)
- Datum: 2018
- Format: painted on our own Korean paper
- Size: 30x30cm
- Genre: Korean Folk Painting (Minhwa, 민화)
Do you want to try this work of art at home?
In order to avoid unnecessary costs and inconveniences, we recommend that you first purchase a poster of the work. This way you can judge for yourself whether the picture suits you.