Soldiers hurry to help sowing

Zhiyuan bozhong zhanshi mang
Soldiers hurry to help sowing
1959, October
Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe (上海人民美术出版社)
54x77 cm.

Two young sailors (the 'soldiers') help carrying loads of young rice plants, for the women to plant in the paddy. They are obviously showing off, overtaking the young peasants, and attract the attention of the women. The two younger women closest to them, have a whispered conversation and cast admiring glances... Romantic encounters between women and men are extremely rare in Chinese propaganda posters; another example is His laboring work is the best, from 1953.

Wu Min created the image, Lin Ximing the papercut frame.

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