Cheng Mian

(China 1933 – )

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Location
Not on display
Further information

Cheng Mian’s powerful ‘Bloody Massacre’ series of traumatized figures is a powerful condemnation of the horrific Japanese massacre of Nanjing in 1937. In using the woodcut, Cheng 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 comments.
Cheng Mian had been in Beijing, exiled from the Central Arts Academy to Nanjing (probably during the cultural revolution). He is better known as an oil painter, but in terms of his print oeuvre, this series is regarded as his greatest (although it was politically criticized).

Place of origin
Nanjing, Fujian Province, China
Period
China: People's Republic 1949–
Year
1985
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut
Dimensions
55.6 x 69.2 cm image; 54.7 x 70.3 cm sheet
Signature & date

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

Credit
Purchased 1993
Accession number
510.1993
Copyright
© Cheng Mian