帝国主义和一切反动派都是纸老虎 修正主义者也是纸老虎 毛泽东
Imperialists and reactionaries are paper tigers, revisionists are also paper tigers, 1970, Artist: None
Traditional Chinese ink painting techniques did not disappear from the representational visual world, but the subject matter was adapted to meet the requirements of a Peoples Art. Landscapes were peppered with signs of industrialisation, slogans and commune life, with red flags a commune symbol of new China.
The new look of the mountains and rivers, On dam: bring the river under permanent control, 1972, Artist: None
The propagandist, 1972,
Artists: Xin Ke Jing & Xie Zhen Zuo
Learning from the working class, 1972,
Artist: Liang Yan
Take great pains over breeding plants, 1972, Artist: Wang Jun Liang
Zhejiang Revoltionary Model Opera. Wave the Net Dance, Artist: None
Harvest, 1972, Artists: PLA Part-time Fine Art Group
Recall the glorious tradition; learn the roots of revolution, 1972, Artist: Fei Zheng
You make the teaching aid by yourself, 1974,
Artist: Wang Xua Ming
The female tractor, 1973, Artist: Li Cheng Yi
Profound friendship sent to the whole world, 1973 Artists: Bian Jia Hua & Fei Zheng
Score great achievements in using the new method to grow cotton and grain together, 1974,
Artists: Li Hong Ji & Zhang Cheng San
The pi Lin pi kong yundong, 批林批孔运动 Criticise Lin Biao and Criticise Confucius campaign (1974) was a large scale national movement that reflected the philosophical position Mao adopted as a progressive thinker, opposed to the reactionary traditionalists. The Gang of Four, fashioned themselves as Legalists, claiming historical parallels with China's early history, whilst Liu Shaoqi and Zhou Enlai were cast as traditionalists. The movement was not strong enough in the eyes of the Gang of Four, but it came to an end when Deng Xiaoping took over Zhou Enlai's role in 1975.
Prosperous Dock, 1974. On ship: East Wind,
Artist: Luo Yu Jiang
The style from 1950's posters and even the Shanghai calender girl posters of the 1930's can still be seen in the 1970's. The calender girl artists brought their skills to propaganda art because of its popularity. The style was born as advertising, showing people and landscapes as happy and beautiful, projecting a clear message through bright colors and clear compositions. With an adjusted message this attractive form effectively held the gaze of the public. In the Cultural Revolution it was castigated as one of the '4 Olds' and its use was suspended.
My brother wears the red scarf, 1973,
Artist: Liu Zhong Fu
Happy to welcome the festival and console the family. 1974
lantern: Honour the Army Family,
Artist: Wang Xing
Flowers of the Motherland, 1972, On urn: Kindergarten for coal area, Artists: Lv Zhen Min & Lu Xin Sen
Orioles sing and swallows dart with the joy of spring, 1976
Artist: Fei Zheng
Spring rain, 1977,
Artist: Yu Qiang
Our good Premier, 1977,
Artists: He Kong De & Gao Hong
Mao and Zhou Enlai both died in 1976 and a swathe of posters praising their lives were issued over the following years.
Chairman Mao is our red sun that will never fall from our hearts, 1977, Artist: None
Good news coming frequently, 1975,
Artist: Wang Jian Xin
Social investigation, 1975, Artist: Tong Zhen Guo
Petrel, 1975, Artist: Zhong Si Jie
Hardworking people, strong and healthy pigs, 1975,
Artist: Chen Qingxin
Occasionally the same poster was reissued in another province with a different slogan. This is one example. In Shanghai this image with the same credited artist appeared in 1973, with the slogan 'Actively supporting pig farming.'
Respected and beloved Zhou Enlai is with us forever, 1977 Artist: Fei Zheng
Marry late and plan your family for the revolution.
On board: criticise Lin Biao and criticise Confucius: do a good job for late marriage and family planning
medicine: contraceptive pills, IUDs, 1974. No Artist.
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