German Version


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

31.1.-28.2.2001 Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

The Commune Fishpond
Gongshe yutang

Dong Zhengyi
1974, Beijing
Painted in the highly decorative Huxian style. Huxian was a commune in Shaanxi province which became renowned for the paintings by its peasant inhabitants. The paintings commonly depicted everyday scenes of rural life. It was later admitted that the peasants received extensive help from professional artists in composing and painting their pictures, but these scenes remain among the most attractive of the images produced at this time. Despite exaggerations such as the fantastic yield shown in this poster, such paintings often contain realistic details.
Yiman Liu
Last modified: Sun Jun 24 11:00:21 CEST 2001