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The Influence of "Socialist Realism" in my Early Landscape Painting - Henry Li (1/2)

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Published on Jan 30, 2010

The painting in the old newspaper is my first landscape painting project dated back to 1975, near the end of the Cultural Revolution(1966~1976).

On the header of the newspaper, the name "New China Daily" is handwritten by Chairman Mao in his unique calligraphy and on the left is a quote of Mao:"The struggles of justness by people all over the world always support each other." It is propaganda paper run by the communist party.

My parents saved this paper for 25 years and gave it to me in year 2000 when came to the states visiting me, because it has my first published landscape painting on it. That was such a great honor and non-material reward. I was only 15-year-old when I painted that painting and just turned 16 when it was exhibited.

In this video demo, I try to show how traditional landscape painting has survived under the Socialist Realism in Communist China.

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