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Title

Drinking


Artist

LI Qun

China

1912 - 11 Feb 2012


About

During the 1930s and 1940s in China, social turmoil and civil war fuelled a revitalise woodcut movement influenced by the potent prints of western artists such as Käthe Kollwitz. These new works graphically convey feelings of suffering and struggle.

Li Qun and Wang Qi were seminal figures in the Chinese revolutionary woodcut movement promoted by leading Chinese writer Lu Xun as a vehicle for articulating the people's revolution from the late 1920s through to the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949. 'Drinking' and 'Stone workers' (Acc.no. 226.1996) are classic images of this movement. The latter is an excellent example of one of the subjects of the revolutionary genre in prints executed during the war against Japan (1937-45).

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.176.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Period

Republic 1912 - 1949 → China


Date

1940


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut


Dimensions

19.2 x 13.8 cm image; 21.3 x 15.4 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., in block "LK". Dated l.r., "1940".


Credit

Purchased 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

199.1995


Artist information

LI Qun

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Liwanna Chan, Look, 'German art that inspired China contributing to the formation of a new nation and an artistic breakthrough', pg. 36-37, Sydney, Nov 2011, 37 (illus.).

Margaret Meagher (Editor), State of the arts, 'The people's progress', Sydney, Dec 1996-Mar 1997, 9.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 176 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Sydney, 1996, 8 (illus.).