Woodcut depiction of a seated woman in a cheongsam.
This woodcut, by an artist called Ma Wu (probably the most prolific of Chinese popular artists openly active during the Japanese occupation), was reproduced in Zhonghua huabao (Chinese Pictorial) 2.2 (March 1943). The importance of the muke (woodcut) form to artistic practice in occupied China has been almost entirely overlooked in the literature. The muke form has hitherto been associated with the art of resistance in China, despite being an important part of “occupation” visual cultures as well.
- March 1944
Ma Wu 馬午
- cheongsam, women
Jeremy E. Taylor, “Cartoons and collaboration in wartime China: The mobilization of Chinese cartoonists under Japanese occupation”, Modern China 41.1 (2015): 406 – 435.
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