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Title

Night

1985

Artist

Cheng Mian

China

1933 -

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    夜 [Ye]
    Place where the work was made
    Nanjing Fujian Province China
    Period
    People's Republic 1949 - → 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
    Copyright
    © Cheng Mian
    Artist information
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    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).

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