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Jin Meisheng (金梅生)

Jin Meisheng Jin Meisheng (1902-1989) was a native from Shanghai. From 1920 onward, he painted calendar posters exclusively for the Commercial Press in Shanghai. In 1930, he established his own studio. Together with Jin Xuechen and Li Mubai, he was known as one of the "Three Pillars of Calendar Posters". From the 1950s onward, Jin was attached to the Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House [上海人民美术出版社, Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe]. Jin was able to assimilate Chinese traditional painting and Western watercolor in his works despite their separate and unique styles.

After 1949, Jin joined the Chinese Artists Association; he became a member of the Standing Council and art advisor of the Shanghai Branch of the Association. His works, for which he won prizes during national competitions, have been included in a number of national collections.

Magnificent house and beautiful Spring, 1989

Magnificent house and beautiful Spring, 1989

The rehabilitation of the "calendar girl"-design style (月份牌) that had been completely discredited previously can be gauged from this image. Jin's signature design was republished by the Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe in 1989.

Sources:

Ellen Johnston Laing, Selling Happiness - Calendar Posters and Visual Culture in Early-Twentieth-Century Shanghai (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2004)

Ng Chun Bong, Cheuk Pak Tong, Wong Ying, Yvonne Lo, Chinese Woman and Modernity - Calendar Posters of the 1910s-1930s (Hong Kong: Joint Publishing Co. 1996)

Zhang Yanfeng, "Lao yuefenpai guanggaohua" [Old Calendar Advertisements Posters], Hansheng zazhi [Echo Magazine], Nos 61 and 62; Taipei, January-February 1994 [in Chinese]

Zhongguo meishuguan (ed.), 中国美术年鉴 1949-1989 (Guilin: Guangxi meishu chubanshe, 1993)

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