image of the original vintage 1953 Chinese communist propaganda poster by Zhao Yannian titled Every increase in production eliminates another enemy published by East China People's Fine Art Publishing House

Every increase in production eliminates another enemy

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Artist: Zhao Yannian

Year: 1953

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.