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Xie Mulian (谢幕连)

Xie Mulian (1918-1985) was from Yuyao, Zhejiang Province. When he was 15, he studied calendar design under his uncle, the famous designer Xie Zhiguang. From 1938 onward, he worked for various advertising companies, designing commercial advertising. After 1950, he joined the Shanghai Reproduction Publishing House. He later became a New Year pictures designer with the Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House.

Xie, who specialized in calendar-style New Year pictures, received an award for his artistic activities in 1985.

Xie Mulian, Selling the fruits of a bumper harvest in a friendly manner, 1978

Xie Mulian, Selling the fruits of a bumper harvest in a friendly manner, 1978

Sources:

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

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

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