Shen Jiawei joined the corps in the early 1970s.This was not painted to official order, but the artist says he was educated in the Communist Party ideology, and his beliefs are reflected in this painting. Soldiers stand on the military watch tower, guarding their fatherland(Chairman Mao, being the father figure)against the Soviet imperialists. When this was exhibited at the National Art Exhibition in Beijing in 1974 Jiang Qing, Maos wife, highly commended this work and as a result it was printed as a poster. Over half a million copies were printed.
为我们伟大祖国站岗 [Wei women weida zuguo zhangang]
Place where the work was made
People's Republic 1949 - → China
62.5 x 51.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, blue ink "Shen Jiawei zuo 1975nian 1yue".
Gift of the artist 1996
Not on display
© SHEN Jiawei
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Oct 1996–15 Dec 1996
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Sydney, 1996, 13 (illus.).