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Title

Night

1985


Artist

Cheng Mian

China

1933 -


About

Cheng Mian’s powerful ‘Bloody Massacre’ series of traumatized figures is a powerful condemnation of the horrific Japanese massacre of Nanjing in 1937. In using the woodcut, Cheng unconsciously invokes the style of Kathe Kollwitz whose works were introduced into China in the 1930s by the great Lu Xun, as a model for Chinese artists seeking to make their own political and social comments.
Cheng Mian had been in Beijing, exiled from the Central Arts Academy to Nanjing (probably during the cultural revolution). He is better known as an oil painter, but in terms of his print oeuvre, this series is regarded as his greatest (although it was politically criticized).


Details


Alternative title

夜 [Ye]


Place where the work was made

Nanjing Fujian Province China


Date

1985


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut


Edition

2/5


Dimensions

55.6 x 69.2 cm image; 54.7 x 70.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, pencil "Cheng Mian 1985 Nanjing".


Credit

Purchased 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

510.1993


Artist information

Cheng Mian

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Sydney, 1996, 18.