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Picturing Power:
Art and Propaganda in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

31.1.-28.2.2001 Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

Chairman Mao Inspects the Guangdong Countryside
Mao Zhuxi shicha Guangdong nongcun

Chen Yanning
1972, Beijing
Mao is at the center of a crowd of peasants striding down a track between irrigation channels, with fields beyond. The peasants’ bare feet indicate that they have been working in the rice paddies. Mao is flanked by the senior men, while the women are relegated to the periphery. The hat indicates that the scene was set in 1958, the first year of the Great Leap Forward and the founding of the commune system, which lasted until the early 1980s. From an oil painting by Chen Yanning (b. 1945), one of the most highly skilled artists of his generation, who studied at the Guangzhou Academy of Arts.
Yiman Liu
Last modified: Sun Jun 24 10:55:20 CEST 2001