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Collection

LI Shaoyan

(China 1918 – 2002)

Title
Struggle
Place of origin
China
Period
Republic 1912 - 1949 → China
Year
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
Accession number
515.1993
Copyright
© Li Shaoyan
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

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.).

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