An image of Guarding our great fatherland

Shen Jiawei

(China, Australia 1948 – )

Guarding our great fatherland

Location
Not on display
Further information

Shen Jiawei joined the corps in the early 1970s.This was not painted to official order, but the artist says he was educated in the Communist Party ideology, and his beliefs are reflected in this painting. Soldiers stand on the military watch tower, guarding their ‘fatherland’(Chairman Mao, being the father figure)against the Soviet imperialists. When this was exhibited at the National Art Exhibition in Beijing in 1974 Jiang Qing, Mao’s wife, highly commended this work and as a result it was printed as a poster. Over half a million copies were printed.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: People's Republic 1949–
Year
1975
Media
Print
Medium
photo-lithograph
Dimensions
62.5 x 51.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, blue ink "Shen Jiawei zuo 1975nian 1yue".

Credit
Gift of the artist 1996
Accession number
460.1996
Copyright
© SHEN Jiawei