Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover
Lot 1047
Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others
A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover
Sold for US$ 18,750 inc. premium

Fine Asian Works of Art

18 Dec 2017, 11:00 PST

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Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others  A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover
Gu Yuan (1919-1996) and Others
A Group of Ten Revolutionary woodblock prints with a cover
Ten woodblock prints and a cover, oil-based ink on paper or ink and color on paper, mounted in seven mounts, including the following works:
a) Gu Yuan (1919-1996), Liu Zhidan, the people's leader, 1943
b) Wang Liuqiu (1919-2011), Avenging the Dead, 1945
c) Zhang Wang (20th century), The Eighth Route Army Helping Mongolian Comrades at Harvest
d) Ma Da (1903-1978), The Foundry, 1944
e) Ji Guisen (b. 1921), Inviting the Neighborhood Elders to a New Year's Party, 1945
f) Yan Han (1916-2011), The Health Cooperative, 1944
g) Guo Jun (1920-1978), Promoting a New Method of Delivery
h) Yan Han (1916-2011), When the Bullets Run Out
i) Wo Zha (1905-1973), Recovering the Grain, Cattle and Sheep, 1945
j) Gu Yuan (1919-1996), Ma Xiwu Mediating a Lawsuit, 1944, and
k) Anonymous (mid-1940s), Folio Cover titled Lu Yi Mu Ke Xuan Ji
Various sizes, 7 1/4 x 11 1/4in (18.1 x 28.6cm) to 3 1/2 x 4 3/4in (8.8 x 12cm), largest to smallest, sight

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Gifted to Lawrence K. Rosinger by Mao Zedong in Yan'an, 1946, thereafter by descent

    古元、彦涵、沃渣等諸家 魯迅木刻選集 木刻版畫十幅及選集封面 鏡片七件

    (一)
    古元 《人民的劉志丹》
    (二)
    王流秋 《為死者復仇》
    (三)
    張望 《八路軍幫助蒙族同胞秋收》
    (四)
    馬達 《煉鐵廠》
    (五)
    計桂森 《請老鄉喝年酒》
    (六)
    彦涵 《衛生合作社》
    (七)
    郭鈞 《宣傳新接生法》
    (八)
    彦涵 《當子彈打完的時候》
    (九)
    沃渣 《奪回粮食和牛羊》
    (十)
    古元 《馬錫五調解訴訟》
    (十一)
    《鲁藝木刻選集》 封面


    Lawrence K. Rosinger was a highly respected expert in Far Eastern studies. Born in New York City, Rosinger received his B.A. in history from the City College of New York in 1932 and a master's degree in Far Eastern studies from Columbia University in 1936. From 1941 to 1942, he worked as assistant to the India Government Trade Commissioner, and as a research associate with the Foreign Policy Association. During this same period, he was awarded two visiting lectureships by Columbia University and the University of California-Berkeley.

    Rosinger made his first trip to China in 1946, traveling to Shanghai, Beijing, Yan'an, the Yellow River area, and Manchuria as a correspondent for the Foreign Policy Association and representing several other American publications. He conducted more than two dozen interviews with Chinese Communist leaders, third party spokesmen, and high-ranking Nationalist Party officials. Upon returning to the United States in the late 1940s, Rosinger wrote and lectured extensively on the Far East, and was consulted regularly by the U.S. State Department regarding China and Far Eastern policies. In 1948 he began to work as a research associate for the American Institute of Pacific Relations. Despite coming under attack during the McCarthy era, Rosinger defended his work as a scholar of Chinese studies in testimony before the McCarran subcommittee investigating pro-Communist activities. After moving to Detroit, Michigan in 1952, Lawrence Rosinger taught at Henry Ford Community College for over twenty years. During a second trip to China in 1973, Rosinger interviewed Marshall Ye Jianying, head of China's armed forces and one of the six top leaders of the country. Rosinger retired in the early 1980s, and upon his passing in 1994, his papers, correspondence, transcripts, and photographs were donated to the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    Among the interviews Rosinger conducted during his 1946 trip to China were two lengthy talks with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai. Rosinger was gifted this group of woodcuts by Mao during this time. These images, celebrating the lives and capturing the struggles of the people, very much reflect the ideas Mao propagated in the 1942 Yan'an Forum on Art and Literature, to create peasant-focused art and advance the cause of socialism through art. Many of the artists included this group such as Gu Yuan, Yan Han and Wo Zha, trained in the art of woodcut at the Lu Xun Academy of Literature and Art. Established in 1938 in Yan'an by Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, the Academy sought to teach artists regional and folk traditions and to endow them with the skills to advance socialism through art. Often bold and theatrical in composition, these prints chronicle the war against the Japanese, and convey the promise at the time of revolutionary change.

    Photo Caption: Lawrence K. Rosinger with Mao Zedong in Yan'an, 1946
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