Woodcuts of war-time China, 1937-1945, compiled by the Chinese Woodcutters’ Association, (Shanghai: Kaiming Book Co., 1946)
Library Call Number: NE1183 .C63 1946
This book contains one hundred leaves of plates showing woodcuts made as tools of communication and propaganda during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). As the introduction states, “we have written our recent history in blood, and this book is a pictorial epitome of that part of Chinese history.” Though woodcuts have a long tradition in China, those contained in this book are based on a western style. The introduction of this western style of wood engraving and its dissemination throughout the 1930's led to the establishment of clubs dedicated throughout China and this establishment of a national organization, the Chinese Woodcutters' Association, in 1938. During the war, these artists used their skills to create wartime propaganda, and a uniquely Chinese style developed.
This book was acquired by ARC to support research in History, Art History, Communications, and research in propaganda and bibliography.