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Zhao Yu (赵域)

Zhao Yu (1926-1980) was born in Xiaoyi, Shanxi Province. After he joined the People's Liberation Army, he became engaged in propaganda work. He also was editor of the Northeast China Illustrated [东北画报, Dongbei huabao]. After the founding of the PRC, he worked in the People's Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing Normal University and the Central Art Academy.

The Founding of the Nation, 1990

The Founding of the Nation, 1990

In 1972, Zhao was the artist designated to assist Dong Xiwen, who was seriously ill by then, to paint the fourth version of the painting The Founding of the Nation [开国大典, Kaiguo dadian]. This had become necessary because certain persons, including Liu Shaoqi, who had come under a cloud during the Cultural Revolution or who had fallen foul of Jiang Qing, had to be removed.

Zhao collaborated with Wu Dezu and Zhang Fanfu.

Sources:

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

Chen Lusheng, Xin Zhongguo meishu tushi - 1949-1966 [The Art History of the People's Republic of China - 1949-1966] (Beijing: Zhongguo qingnian chubanshe, 2000) [in Chinese]

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