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Title

Electing leaders by casting beans

1947

Artist

Yan Han

China

1916 – 2011

  • Details

    Alternative title
    豆选 [Douxuan]
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Republic 1912 - 1949 → China
    Date
    1947
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodcut
    Dimensions
    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".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1995
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    224.1996
    Copyright
    © Yan Han

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    Artist information
    Yan Han

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    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 Han”page24. 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 Gallery’s 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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