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Li Hua (李桦)

Li Hua (1907-1995) was from Panyu, Guangdong Province. He graduated in 1925 from the Guangzhou Academy and went to Japan in 1930 for further study. After his return to China in 1933 he taught at the Guangzhou Academy. As the founder of the Modern Woodcut Society in Guangzhou, he was a close associate of Lu Xun. During the Anti-Japanese War Li was active in anti-Japanese propaganda; after he went to Shanghai in 1945, his print Roar China! (怒吼吧中国) became the emblem for anti-Japanese and anti-imperialist sentiments. He joined the faculty of the Central Art Academy in 1949 when he became a professor in the Graphic Arts Department. Li was know as a proponent of political control of the arts and an opponent of all forms of modern art.

Li was known for his block prints and woodcuts. His work has been included in the collection of the China Art Gallery.

Sources:

Chang-tai Hung, "Two Images of Socialism: Woodcuts in Chinese Communist Politics", Comparative Studies in Society and History, 1997 n 39, pp 34-60

Michael Sullivan, Modern Chinese Artists - A Biographical Dictionary (Berkeley, etc: University of California Press, 2006)

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

Links:

Central Art Academy website: http://www.cafa.edu.cn/aboutcafa/lan/?c=1104&N=3034 external link

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