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Two images of socialism: Woodcuts in Chinese Communist politics

Authors Hung, Chang Tai View this author's profile
Issue Date 1997
Source Comparative Studies in Society and History , v. 39, (1), 1997, JAN, p. 34-60
Summary The scene was Chongqing, China’s wartime capital; and the time was 1942, the fifth year of the Sino–Japanese War (1937–45, known in China as the War of Resistance against Japan). An anti-Japanese woodcut exhibition was held at the Sino–Soviet Cultural Association (Zhong-Su wenhua xiehui) from October 10 to 17 to rally people’s support for the war. With 54 artists participating and a total of 255 pieces of work on display, this was an unprecedented event, capturing widespread attention in this inland river city at an uncertain time. Besides being uncommonly large, the show was unusual because it included woodcuts from the Communist-controlled territories, among them the works of Gu Yuan (1919–96) and Li Qun (1912– ).
ISSN 0010-4175
Rights © Cambridge University Press 1997. This paper was published in Comparative Studies in Society and History, v. 39, 1997, p. 34-60 and is reprinted with permission.
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