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Chairman Mao goes to Anyuan

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Beijing (made)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Liu, Chunhua (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Heseltine

  • Museum number:

    FE.7-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This poster reproduces the painting 'Chairman Mao goes to Anyuan', one of the most important art works of the Cultural Revolution period (1966-76). The painting was created by Liu Chunhua, a Red Guard studying at the Central Academy of Industrial Arts.

    Mao Zedong is portrayed in a long plain gown, advancing resolute to the forefront in a mountainous landscape. Liu Chunhua's painting rapidly became a model for subsequent iconographical representations of Mao Zedong, and millions of copies were printed and distributed to be carried in demonstrations and displayed in meetings halls. Reproductions of the painting also appear in other propaganda posters of the time.

    The subtitle of this example, printed in Beijing in 1968, reads: 'In the spring of 1921, our great Chairman went to Anyuan, and ignited the Anyuan revolution'.

  • Physical description

    Poster depicting a young Mao Zedong walking in a mountainous landscape; the title of the poster is at the bottom.

  • Marks and inscriptions

    Mao zhuxi qu Anyuan. Yi jiu er yi nian, women weida de daoshi Mao zhuxi qu Anyuan, qinzi dianran le Anyuan de gemin lie huo (at the bottom)
    Chairman Mao goes to Anyuan. In the spring of 1921, our great Chairman went to Anyuan, and ignited the Anyuan revolution

    Renmin Meishu chubanshe 8027-5224 (68 jing 2) 0.28. Beijing yuanxiao tongxue tichuangzuo Liu Chunhua
    People's Arts Publishing House 8027-5224 (68 Beijing 2) 0.28. Created by Liu Chunhua of the Beijing Institute

  • Dimensions

    Width: 76 cm

  • Descriptive line

    Propaganda poster entitled 'Mao goes to Anyuan', colour lithograph on paper, Beijing, 1968

  • Collection code

    East Asia Collection