Chinese New Year pictures and propaganda posters

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Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

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These brightly coloured posters portray elements of Chinese political visual culture. They were heavily influenced by The New Year pictures (nianhua) which were the most common form of household decoration in China until the mid-20th century.

Employing various elements of folk art and symbolism, these pictures catered to the tastes and beliefs of the countryside, expressing wishes for happiness, prosperity and good luck. Fish, flowers and fruits are common motifs. The Chinese word for ‘fish (yu...