When fine art was an artistic frog, the French drawing stereotype was founded on the belief that there is an artist in every frog and that any would-be amphibian artist can learn to draw without preconceptions of any kind.
Gossips are frogs, they drink and talk. Never jump to conclusions without drawing.
We report here that artist frogs can learn simple rules and apply old art tips to new situations with an acute realism and without extensive knowledge of art history. An image is worth a thousand frogs : Support remains strong for the theory even as critics highlight its shortcomings as an explanation for how and why the frog began to ba an artist.
Per Kirkeby, A New Spirit in Painting