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Xin Mang (辛莽)

Xin Mang (1916) is from Guangxi Province. In 1939, he graduated from the Fine Arts Department of the Lu Xun Art Academy in Yan'an. After the founding of the People's Republic, Xin worked in the Fine Arts Department of Huabei University, Beijing Municipal People's Fine Arts Office and the Beijing Painting Academy.

Xin is mainly known as an oil painter. He participated in high profile design assignments, including the 1951 Mao portrait shown here. This image, one of the early official Mao-portraits, was designed in collaboration with Zhang Songhe, Zuo Hui and others.


Sources:

Wu Hung, Remaking Beijing - Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Political Space (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005)

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

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