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Zhang Leping (张乐平)

Zhang Leping (1910-1992) was born in Haijian, Zhejiang Province. In 1934, he started drawing cartoons. Zhang joined Ye Qianyu and others in 1935 in an anti-Japanese cartoon propaganda team. In the 1950s, he worked for the Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House, the Shanghai-based Liberation Daily [解放日报] and the Shanghai Youth and Children's Publishing House.

Zhang was known for his cartoons and comic strips, which included the famous San Mao [三毛]. In 1974 he collaborated on the design of the poster 'Hello uncles from the People's Liberation Army' with Li Mubai and Jin Xuechen.

Hello uncles from the People's Liberation Army, 1974

Hello uncles from the People's Liberation Army, 1974

Sources:

Andreas Seifert, Bildgeschichten für Chinas Massen -- Comic und Comicproduktion im 20. Jahrhundert (Köln, etc.: Böhlau Verlag, 2008)

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

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

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