Electing leaders by casting beans
1916 - 2011
Proof of this is the print titled Electing Leaders by Casting Beans which differs from the same title shown in the catalogue Selected Woodcuts by Yan Hanpage24. For example in the Gallery print, the figure sixth from the left has a bald head, whereas the print shown in the catalogue shows the same figure with a full head of hair. Again, on the Gallery print the text Long live the Communist Party! on the far left back wall Long live the Communist Party! is not carved in full and is written in a vertical style. In the catalogue it has changed to a horizontal style of writing and the text is here fully written. The artist insists the Gallerys print dates to 1947(as he has inscribed it in pencil) whilst the one in the catalogue is dated in 1948. According to the artist Yan Han, the work now owned by the Gallery is the Authentic work. The print shown in the catalogue Selected Woodcuts by Yan Han was altered to suit propaganda purposes.
Place where the work was made
Republic 1912 - 1949 → China
29.0 x 37.0 cm image; 48.2 x 50.5 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, pencil "Yan Han 1947".
Gift of the artist 1995
Not on display
© Yan Han
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 2 publications
Jackie Menzies, The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Sydney, 1996, 6, 9 (illus.).
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 176-177 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 177 is a detail of this work.