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Zhang Ding (张仃)

Zhang Ding (1917-2010) hails from Heishan, Liaoning Province. He studied traditional Chinese painting (guohua) at the Peking School of Arts, went to Nanjing in 1936 as a cartoonist and moved on to Yan'an in 1938. He taught at the Lu Xun Academy of Literature and Arts. In the 1950s he was a professor at the Central Academy of Art and Design in Beijing. Zhang was purged in 1957 as a Rightist, and again during the Cultural Revolution. In 1978 he was rehabilitated, and some years later appointed President of the Chinese Artists' Association.

Zhang specialized in design, mural and ink painting.

Sources:

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

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