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Title

Mother's tears

1985


Artist

Cheng Mian

China

1933 -


About

The "Bloody Massacre" series of traumatized figures is a powerful condemnation of the horrific Japanese massacre of Nanjing in 1937. In using the woodcut, Cheng Mian unconsciously invokes the style of Kathe Kollwitz whose works were introduced into China in the 1930s by the great Lu Xun, as a model for Chinese artists seeking to make their own political and social comment.


Details


Alternative title

母亲的眼泪 [Muqin de yanlei]


Place where the work was made

China


Date

1985


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut


Edition

2/6


Dimensions

69.0 x 54.5 cm; 70.0 x 55.8 cm mount


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, pencil "Cheng Mian (1985 Nanjing)".


Credit

Purchased 1992


Location

Not on display


Accession number

186.1992


Artist information

Cheng Mian

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Sydney, 1996, 18.