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' (Acc.no. 199.1995) and 'Stone workers' 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.
Place where the work was made
Republic 1912 - 1949 → China
33.5 x 25.8 cm image; 34.3 x 26.5 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Wang Qi, 9.1945".
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 3 publications
Margaret Meagher (Editor), State of the arts, 'The people's progress', Sydney, Dec 1996-Mar 1997, 9.
Jackie Menzies, The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Sydney, 1996, 7 (illus.), 8.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 176 (colour illus.).