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LI Qun

(China 1912 – 11 Feb 2012)

Place of origin
Republic 1912 - 1949 → China
Media category
Materials used

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".
Purchased 1995
Accession number
© Li Qun
Not on display
Further information

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' ( 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.

Bibliography (4)

Liwanna Chan, Look, '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, '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.).

Exhibition history (2)

The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Oct 1996–15 Dec 1996

Modern Chinese prints: from WE to ME, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Oct 2006–28 Jan 2007