'Drawing from Life explores revolutionary drawing and sketching in the early People's Republic of China (1949-1965) in order to discover how artists created a national form of socialist realism. 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.' - excerpted from the book flap

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Onsite

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English

Publication/Creation date

2020

No of pages

320

ISBN / ISSN

9780520309623

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

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

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