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Title

Struggle

1942


Artist

LI Shaoyan

China

1918 - 2002


About

The pioneers of the modern woodcut in China were those adventurous young artists who went abroad to study Western art in the early twentieth century, bringing back new ideas and techniques. During the 1930s and 1940s the turmoil of protest and civil war gave rise to a new woodcut movement influenced by the potent prints of Western artists such as Käthe Kollwitz. Unlike the traditional woodblock prints with their expressions of harmony and propriety, these works graphically convey feelings of suffering and struggle as vividly illustrated in this violent image of individual resistance against the Japanese invasion, in which a small, feeble Chinese woman viciously bites the enemy soldier. Li Shaoyan, a native of Shandong, was a member of the Eighth Route Army during the resistance against the Japanese invasion.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg.264.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Period

Republic 1912 - 1949 → China


Date

1942


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut


Edition

32/100


Dimensions

29.3 x 27.5 cm image; 53.7 x 44.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, pencil "... 1942 ...".


Credit

Purchased 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

515.1993


Artist information

LI Shaoyan

Works in the collection

7


Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Jonathan Cooper (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bulletin, 'The People's Progress', pg. 32-33, Sydney, Nov 1996-Jan 1997, 33 (illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 264 (illus.).

Jackie Menzies, The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Sydney, 1996, 6 (illus.).