(China 1918– )
33.5 x 25.8cm image; 34.3 x 26.5cm 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' (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.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Sydney, 1996, 7 (illus.), 8.
'The people's progress'., State of the arts Dec 1996-Mar 1997, Dec 1996-Mar 1997, 9.
'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 176 (colour illus.).
The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 26 Oct 1996–15 Dec 1996.