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Ji shu ge xin kai hong hua. [Technological Innovation Makes Red Flowers Blossom].
In the background, rows of machines are shown.
Red propaganda banners feature in the upper section of the poster. Generally very good, very light foxing along edges. Text in Chinese and English lower margin.
Propaganda slogan on the apron translates "Grasp revolution and promote production." Propaganda red banners read from left to right: "To break the thoughts of bourgeois rights/Learn from Daqing in the industry." (on the left section) "To study hard the Marxism, to consolidate the dictatorship of the proletariat/Be independent and self-reliance." (on the right section).
A fine Chinese propaganda posters at the time times have clearly changed. It is the Cultural Revolution, and propaganda does its utmost to portray China as an agrarian Utopia, although the images clearly show that progress has arrived in the rural areas.
The works of amateur artists among workers and peasants were given nationwide attention and support. These amateurs were promoted as representatives of the innate creative genius of the masses, as living proof that everyone could and should practice art. Among the best known were the peasant painters from Huxian, Shaanxi Province.
Although touted as amateurs, it was later admitted that the peasant painters had received extensive professional help and assistance, often provided by the same professional artists who were no longer allowed to work themselves. The Huxian painters' highly political paintings provided idyllic slices of the good life in the rural areas. They were peopled with happy and enthusiastic peasants engaged in agriculture, political meetings, and study sessions. (Stefan Landsberger Chineseposters site).
Reference: Landsberger collection,
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