Cheng Mian

(China 1933 – )

Mother's tears

Location
Not on display
Further information

The "Bloody Massacre" series of traumatized figures is a powerful condemnation of the horrific Japanese massacre of Nanjing in 1937. In using the woodcut, Cheng Mian unconsciously invokes the style of Kathe Kollwitz whose works were introduced into China in the 1930s by the great Lu Xun, as a model for Chinese artists seeking to make their own political and social comment.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: People's Republic 1949–
Year
1985
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut
Dimensions
69.0 x 54.5 cm; 70.0 x 55.8 cm mount
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, pencil "Cheng Mian (1985 Nanjing)".

Credit
Purchased 1992
Accession number
186.1992
Copyright
© Cheng Mian