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Title

Struggle

1942

Artist

Li Shaoyan

China

1918 - 2002

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    挣扎 [Zhengzha]
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Republic 1912 - 1949 → China
    Date
    1942
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodcut
    Edition
    32/100
    Dimensions
    29.3 x 27.5 cm image; 53.7 x 44.3 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, pencil "Li Shaoyan 1942nian ke".

    Credit
    Purchased 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    515.1993
    Copyright
    © Li Shaoyan
    Artist information
    Li Shaoyan

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    The pioneers of the modern woodcut in China were those adventurous young artists who went abroad to study Western art in the early twentieth century, bringing back new ideas and techniques. During the 1930s and 1940s the turmoil of protest and civil war gave rise to a new woodcut movement influenced by the potent prints of Western artists such as Käthe Kollwitz. Unlike the traditional woodblock prints with their expressions of harmony and propriety, these works graphically convey feelings of suffering and struggle as vividly illustrated in this violent image of individual resistance against the Japanese invasion, in which a small, feeble Chinese woman viciously bites the enemy soldier. Li Shaoyan, a native of Shandong, was a member of the Eighth Route Army during the resistance against the Japanese invasion.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg.264., The pioneers of the modern woodcut in China were those adventurous young artists who went abroad to study Western art in the early twentieth century, bringing back new ideas and techniques. During the 1930s and 1940s the turmoil of protest and civil war gave rise to a new woodcut movement influenced by the potent prints of Western artists such as Käthe Kollwitz. Unlike the traditional woodblock prints with their expressions of harmony and propriety, these works graphically convey feelings of suffering and struggle as vividly illustrated in this violent image of individual resistance against the Japanese invasion, in which a small, feeble Chinese woman viciously bites the enemy soldier. Li Shaoyan, a native of Shandong, was a member of the Eighth Route Army during the resistance against the Japanese invasion. Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg.264.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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