- Alternative title
- 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
- Media category
- Materials used
- 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
- Upper Asian gallery
- Accession number
- © SHEN Jiawei
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
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
Correspondence, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Sep 2022–2024
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Sydney, 1996, 13 (illus.).