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Xu Chunzhong (徐纯中)

Xu Chunzhong (1938), born in Shanghai, was sent to the countryside during the "up to the mountains and down to the villages" campaign. There he was commisioned to illustrate, as a so-called amateur artist, the heroic death of Jin Xunhua. Xu was assisted by Chen Yifei, a professional artist. The image they produced was widely published, also as a poster, and acquired national fame.

Chairman Mao's Red Guard

In the 1990s, Xu went to the USA, where he taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. He produced series of large oil paintings on the role of Chinese Americans in American history and on "70 glorious moments in Chinese history". In 2001 Xu made three paintings on the attack on the World Trade Center, depicting the heroic firefighters and policemen. He donated these paintings to the American government, and they were reproduced on posters and postcards.

Xu Chunzhong, 2006

Sources:

Julia F. Andrews, Painters and Politics in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979 (Berkeley, etc.: University of California Press, 1994), p. 346-347

"Capturing China's past for the future", Shanghai Daily, January 18, 2008

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