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Cambodian Rattan: The Sculpture of Sopheap Pich
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This artwork is part of The Printed Image in China, 8th–21st Century
This artwork is not on display
This print depicts a magnificent shipyard with towering cranes and huge ships hovering over antlike dock workers. The entire scene is dramatically illuminated in the hazy morning light. It recalls in both style and subject Soviet Social Realist art, which was championed in the 1950s and 1960s to glorify modernization and progress. Li Hongren is known for his lithographs on subjects as diverse as portraiture and industrial scenes. This work is considered among his best.
Acquired by the British Museum in 1987 from the Department of Printmaking, Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
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