(China 1912–11 Feb 2012)
19.2 x 13.8cm image; 21.3 x 15.4cm sheet
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.
Liwanna Chan, Look Nov 2011, 'German art that inspired China contributing to the formation of a new nation and an artistic breakthrough', pg. 36-37, Newtown, Nov 2011, 37 (illus.).
Margaret Meagher (Editor), State of the arts Dec 1996-Mar 1997, 'The people's progress', Sydney, Dec 1996-Mar 1997, 9.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Domain, 2003, 176 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies, The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts 1996, Sydney, 1996, 8 (illus.).
The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Oct 1996–15 Dec 1996