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The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution must be waged to the end

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution must be waged to the end
Designer: Hou Yimin (候一民), Deng Shu (邓树), Jin Shangyi (靳尚谊), Zhan Jianjun (詹建俊), Luo Gongliu (罗工柳), Yuan Hao (袁浩), Yang Lin'gui (杨林桂)
1973, August
The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution must be waged to the end
Yao ba wuchan jieji wenhua dageming jinxing daodi (要把无产阶级文化大革命进行到底)
Publisher: Renmin meishu chubanshe (人民美术出版社)
Size: 53x56.5 cm.
Call number: BG E13/793 (Landsberger collection)

Mao meeting Red Guards, crossing the bridge from the Forbidden City towards Tian'anmen Square. This painting was made for the 1972 National Art Exhibition, Beijing, by a group of professors from the Central Academy of Fine Arts. To create the painting, some of the artists were brought back from the labour camps they had been sent to after being attacked by Red Guards in 1966-1967.
The work can be seen as a more polished version of the painting/poster from late 1967-early 1968, Chairman Mao's heart beats as one with the hearts of the revolutionary masses, on which Mao is accompanied by Jiang Qing, Lin Biao, Zhou Enlai, Chen Boda and Kang Sheng in a similar scene.

Sources:

Ralph Croizier, "Hu Xian Peasant Painting: From Revolutionary Icon to Market Commodity", in: Richard King (ed.), Art in Turmoil. The Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-76 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010)

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