LI Shaoyan

(China 1918 – 2002)

Struggle

Location
Not on display
Further information

The pioneers of the modern woodcut in China were those adventurous young artists who went abroad to study Western art in the early twentieth century, bringing back new ideas and techniques. During the 1930s and 1940s the turmoil of protest and civil war gave rise to a new woodcut movement influenced by the potent prints of Western artists such as Käthe Kollwitz. Unlike the traditional woodblock prints with their expressions of harmony and propriety, these works graphically convey feelings of suffering and struggle as vividly illustrated in this violent image of individual resistance against the Japanese invasion, in which a small, feeble Chinese woman viciously bites the enemy soldier. Li Shaoyan, a native of Shandong, was a member of the Eighth Route Army during the resistance against the Japanese invasion.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg.264.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Republic 1912–1949
Year
1942
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut
Dimensions
29.3 x 27.5 cm image; 53.7 x 44.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, pencil "... 1942 ...".
Credit
Purchased 1993
Accession number
515.1993
Copyright
© Li Shaoyan