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Title

Standing guard for our great motherland

1975

Artist

Shen Jiawei

China, Australia

1948 –

  • Details

    Alternative title
    为我们伟大祖国站岗 [Wei women weida zuguo zhangang]
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    People's Republic 1949 - → China
    Date
    1975
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    photo-lithograph
    Dimensions
    62.5 x 51.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, blue ink "Shen Jiawei zuo 1975nian 1yue".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1996
    Location
    Upper Asian gallery
    Accession number
    460.1996
    Copyright
    © SHEN Jiawei

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    Artist information
    Shen Jiawei

    Works in the collection

    2

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  • About

    This poster is based on an oil painting with the same title created by Shen Jiawei in 1974. At the time Shen was an amateur artist and a labourer working at a large state-owned farm in Manchuria, China near the Russian (then Soviet Union) border. The painting was selected for the 1974 National Art Exhibition in Beijing. Before the exhibition opening, faces of the two soldiers standing on the platform in the painting were modified by an official artist under the curator’s order without Shen’s permission. Jiang Qing, Chairman Mao Zedong’s wife, highly commended this work; as a result, it was reproduced in a poster format – over half a million copies were distributed across China.

    In 1997 Shen returned the faces of the soldiers to their original form. The painting is now in the collection of the Long Museum in Shanghai.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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