Tadpole Time


Tadpole Time by Robert Bateman


Tadpole Time – 12″ x 28″,Renaissance Giclee Canvas Edition,Edition Size 180 s/n and 40 A/P’s, $595.00 U.S.

“All of us have been children, some a short time ago, some in a more distant past. When we think of those
childhood years, most of us can picture a day in May when the whole world was wonderful. May seems to
fit with childhood. It is a time of birth, burgeoning growth, tender shoots and the exuberant activity in
nature. I grew up on a ravine which was a migration route for birds. The air would be full of song, the
plum trees in blossom and the buds of leaves bursting, the centerpiece of the ravine was, of course,
the creek. In those days it was unpolluted and sported a healthy population of frogs.

There is no better way to observe the facts of life than to witness the life history of the frog. It is a
relatively brief story and yet easy to follow at every stage. the mating loudly announced and quite
exuberant, the eggs are not only obvious, but are transparent. the frog larvae are sometimes
called ” pollywogs” or ‘ tadpoles.” You can watch them iggling hatched baby frog. By putting some
eggs in a jar of water or an aquarium, one can watch all of this at close range and go on to see
the tadpole grow his legs, lose his tail and develop his jaws. Then ” presto” you have a frog.
This graphic story parallels the development of a human being from egg to adult and is a brief
recapitulation of the evolution of vertabrate animals from a single-celled organism.”
Robert Bateman


Robert Bateman has been called the most famous living artist. He continues to paint and tour the world to promote conservation and preservation of nature. We have represented Robert Bateman for decades and are now the sole publisher and distributor of his reproductions. We are so honored to work with him and witness his success. He has made such a massive contribution to the art world and the natural world as an artist and educator of the earth’s most important resources.

Nature as a subject is becoming more and more popular as our environment is in peril. What better subject is there than the beautiful creatures we share this world with? Robert Bateman’s appreciation and understanding of nature are apparent in his paintings. He is able to paint flora and fauna the way your eye would perceive it in real life. It is important that the animal takes full attention. The background becomes muted, and therefore it doesn’t take too much focus away from the subject. His paintings seem effortless and masterful all at once.

Bateman’s eye for composition is unparalleled. Each painting is a composed like a symphony, leading the eye to wander. From the backyards of North America to the sprawling plains of Africa. Robert Bateman captures nature the way it should be enjoyed. Above all he is a champion of wildlife. For this reason he has become a household name for art collectors.