Drawing from Life : Sketching and Socialist Realism in the People&

Drawing from Life : Sketching and Socialist Realism in the People's Republic of China

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'Marvellous. . . . Drawing from Life offers both essential and sophisticated conceptual understandings of the categories of mass art that promise to enrich a multitude of medium-specific examinations' - Art Journal

A scholarly exploration of the revolutionary drawing and sketching in the early People's Republic of China

Tracing the development of seminal works by the major painters Xu Beihong, Wang Shikuo, Li Keran, Li Xiongcai, Dong Xiwen, and Fu Baoshi, author Christine I. Ho reconstructs how artists grappled with the representational politics of a nascent socialist art.

The divergent approaches, styles, and genres presented in this study reveal an art world that is both heterogeneous and cosmopolitan. Through a history of artistic practices in pursuit of Maoist cultural ambitions-to forge new registers of experience, new structures of feeling, and new aesthetic communities-this original book argues that socialist Chinese art presents a critical, alternative vision for global modernism.

  • Author: Christine Ho
  • Hardcover: 320 pages | 85 colour illustrations
  • Date published: March 2020
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0520309623
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 17.7 cm

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