WANG Qi

(China 1918 – )

Stone workers

Location
Not on display
Further information

During the 1930s and 1940s in China, social turmoil and civil war fuelled a revitalise woodcut movement influenced by the potent prints of western artists such as K├Ąthe Kollwitz. These new works graphically convey feelings of suffering and struggle.

Li Qun and Wang Qi were seminal figures in the Chinese revolutionary woodcut movement promoted by leading Chinese writer Lu Xun as a vehicle for articulating the people's revolution from the late 1920s through to the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949. 'Drinking' (Acc.no. 199.1995) and 'Stone workers' are classic images of this movement. The latter is an excellent example of one of the subjects of the revolutionary genre in prints executed during the war against Japan (1937-45).

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.176.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Republic 1912–1949
Year
1945
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut
Dimensions
33.5 x 25.8 cm image; 34.3 x 26.5 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Wang Qi, 9.1945".
Credit
Purchased 1996
Accession number
226.1996