(China 1933 – )
Will to live
- Not on display
- Further information
Cheng Mians 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
- China: People's Republic 1949–
- 80.4 x 59.9 cm image; 81.7 x 60.1 cm sheet
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, pencil "Cheng Mian 1985 Nanjing".
- Purchased 1993
- Accession number
- © Cheng Mian