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Brave the wind and the waves, everything has remarkable abilities

Brave the wind and the waves, everything has remarkable abilities
Designer: Wang Liuying (王柳影); Xin Liliang (忻礼良); Wu Shaoyun (吴少云); Jin Zhaofang (金肇芳); Meng Muyi (孟幕颐); Yu Weibo (俞微波); Xu Jiping (徐寄萍); Lu Zezhi (陆泽之); Zhang Biwu (张碧梧)
1958
Brave the wind and the waves, everything has remarkable abilities
Chengfeng polang gelei shentong (乘风破浪 各显神通)
Publisher: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe (上海人民美术出版社)
Size: 53x77.5 cm.
Call number: PC-1958-024 (Private collection)

A poster designed by no less than nine prominent artists, with several elements from other posters, merged to a new composition. The quirkiest new element, at first sight: a man sitting on a missile, reading a book.



The image refers to the 'Eight Immortals' (八仙, Baxian) who in Daoist mythology crossed the sea using their 'power tools'. Li Tieguai used his iron crutch (compare the steel worker at the head of the group), He Xiangu rode a crane (compare the man on the rocket).
"Derived from this, the Chinese proverb 'The Eight Immortals cross the sea, each reveals its divine powers' (八仙過海,各顯神通 , ge xian shen tong) indicates the situation that everybody shows off their skills and expertise to achieve a common goal" (Wikipedia).

Eight Immortals

Sources:

Andreas Seifert, Christine Moll-Murata, Aufbruch ins sozialistische Paradies – Propagandaplakate der frühen Volksrepublik China (Bochum: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2018) - online at https://www.rub.de/oaw/pdf/Veranstaltung/Katalog_Aufbruch_in_sozialistische_Paradies_web.pdf

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See also:
Great Leap Forward



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