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2017/2/26 Poster, 'New Year in Yan'an (Yan'an xinchun)', painted by Liu Wenxi, ink on paper, China, early 1970s.. Click to enlarge.

Chinese propaganda poster

This propaganda poster is an excellent example of Chinese political visual culture, especially from the second half of 20th century. It is also a great reference to understand the cultural context of a time that has seen extraordinary political and social change in China.

This propaganda poster is also a New Year picture. Until the mid-20th century, nianhua (New Year pictures) were the most common form of household decoration in China. Most New Year pictures were designed to facilitate New Year...

Summary

Object No.

2017/2/26

Object Statement

Poster, 'New Year in Yan'an (Yan'an xinchun)', painted by Liu Wenxi, ink on paper, China, early 1970s.

Physical Description

Poster in portrait orientation, printed in colour. The poster depicts a festival scene. In the foreground is a group of young children sitting with musical instruments. A crowd of smiling people are standing behind them with Chairman Mao in the middle, he is smoking a cigarette. The two figures either side of him are smoking pipes. In the background is a mountainside with people wearing blue caps and white fabric head dressings. There are red flags waving on either side of the picture. Below the image is a caption in red. It has Chinese characters.

Marks

Printed, front bottom right corner. Chinese characters, "86-583".

Dimensions

Height

770 mm

Width

530 mm

Production

Artist

Liu Wenxi

Printed

1960-1986

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2017

Acquisition Date

19 January 2017

Cite this Object

Harvard

Chinese propaganda poster 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 May 2019, <https://ma.as/547919>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/547919 |title=Chinese propaganda poster |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=26 May 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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