Frogs Fighting

Hua Yan (1682-1756)AD 1644-AD 1911

National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum
Taipei, Taiwan

This painting depicts the corner of a pond, where two larger frogs with mouths open appear staring at each other. Judging from their stance, it looks as if they are about to engage in a fight. Below the yellowish frog on the left crouches a younger frog, as if hiding there to seek protection from its mother. Another young frog of the same color is seen approaching its mother, perhaps to join in the battle about to commence. Next to the green frog is another small frog that seems to be joining in the commotion. Though appearing to be a static composition, it is actually filled with an atmosphere of energy and tension.


  • Title: Frogs Fighting
  • Creator: Hua Yan (1682-1756)
  • Date Created: AD 1644-AD 1911
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.6x25.3
  • Type: Album leaf
  • Rights: Lanqian Shanguan
  • Medium: ink and colors on paper
  • Dynasty: Qing dynasty

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