Every increase in production eliminates another enemy
Artist: Zhao Yannian
Publisher: East China People's Fine Art Publishing House
Size (mm): 525x762
Condition: Good, creasing and tears to margins, repairs to edge tears on rear and front, some small losses to edge. Delicate paper - may suit backing
The graphic image in the background of a Chinese soldier bayoneting US soldiers is used here partly as metaphor for the need for China to develop industrially to compete with foreign powers - with the slogan that every increase in production eliminates another enemy. Posters from this early period of the People's Republic still often displayed quite explicit anti-imperialist imagery; many of the artists involved would have produced posters for the resistance against the Japanese occupation of China (1937-45) and the fight for liberation.
Zhao Yannian (1924-2014) was a renowned woodblock printer. During the Cultural Revolution he was criticised and imprisoned along with another artist, Pan Tianshou.