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Li Qun (力群)

Li Qun Li Qun (1912-2012, also known as Liqun) was born in Lingshi, Shanxi Province. He entered the Hangzhou National Art School in 1931 or 1932, and participated in the founding of the League of Left-wing artists in 1933. In 1940, he arrived in Yan'an, where he took up teaching at the Lu Xun Institute of Art and Literature (鲁艺, Luyi). He was present at the Yan'an Forum on Literature and Art in 1942, where Mao set the guidelines for art in the future People's Republic. He was appointed Chairman of the Shanxi Provincial Artists' Association in 1949. In 1952, he moved to Beijing, where he worked in the editorial office of the People's Fine Arts Publishing House. He was also involved editorially with the journal Fine Arts (美术, Meishu). In the 1960s, he travelled through China, making woodcuts. In the late 1970s, he returned to take on various ceremonial functions in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. In 2005 a museum devoted to his art opened in his hometown of Lingshi.

Li was renowned for his woodcuts; his works have been exhibited extensively.

Mutual help in plowing has brought in more food, the livelihood of the army dependents has grown stronger ('new' New Year Picture), 1953

Mutual help in plowing has brought in more food, the livelihood of the army dependents has grown stronger ('new' New Year Picture), 1953

Sources:

Chen Lusheng, Xin Zhongguo meishu tushi - 1949-1966 [The Art History of the People's Republic of China - 1949-1966] (Beijing: Zhongguo qingnian chubanshe, 2000) [in Chinese]

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

Shelagh Vainker and Weimin He, Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2007)

Clarissa von Spee (ed.), The Printed Image in China. From the 8th to the 21st Centuries (London: The British Museum Press, 2010

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

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