In the background are line drawn cartoons depicting all of her activities as a Little Red Guard: training her fellow children in propaganda, farming, helping at school, etc. The Little Red Guard was the children's version of the Red Guard, a mass student-led paramilitary and social movement during the Cultural Revolution. This is an original poster - it is not a reproduction.The item comes from a significant, wide-ranging collection of posters and other rare collectibles of the from sources in mainland China. These posters were produced to be very much of the moment, printed by the government to convey information to a then widely-illiterate public. Many with an idealized vision of the Communist state. They were not intended to be durable art.
Like advertising, they were colorful, pleasing, and intended to be replaced by new posters as they came along. It's possible this may be one of the few remaining copies. Category: Cultural Revolution, Little Red Guard.
Subject: Little Red Guard girl with little red book wearing Mao badge. Condition: Good with repairs; two visible creases, one at the top at an angle across the poster, the other at the bottom through the title text; three repairs done well in China with clear tape on the back side: 1" 1.5" & 2; minor age foxing on top border edge that will frame out. Remarks: Despite the repairs (which were done quite well in China), this is a phenomenal poster - rare and so pleasing.
In order to see where the repairs were done, you'd have to have your face inches away from the poster. It looks wonderful and will frame up beautifully. Poster will be rolled in a sturdy cardboard poster tube and sent US Post.
From the 2015 book, Chinese Propaganda Posters by Stefan R. (Through) its long history, the Chinese political system used the arts to propagate correct behavior and thought. Literature, poetry, painting, stage plays, songs, and other artistic expressions were produced to entertain, but they also were given an important (educational) function: they had to educate the people in what was considered right and wrong at any one time. Once the People's Republic was established in 1949, propaganda art continued to be one of the major means to provide examples of correct behavior.
But it also gave a concrete expression to many different policies, and to the many different visions of the future the Chinese Communist Party had over the years. In a country with as many illiterates as China had in the 1940s and 1950s, this method of visualizing abstract ideas and... Educating the people worked especially well. Propaganda posters, which were cheaply and easily produced, became one of the most favored vehicles for this type of communication. The most talented artists were employed to visualize the political trends of the moment in quite detailed fashion.
Many of them had worked on the commercial calendars that had been so popular before the People's Republic was founded... Their aim was to portray the future in the present, not only showing "life as it really is, " but also life as it ought to be. The content of the posters was largely taken up with the topics of politics and economic reconstruction that dominated China after 1949. Hyper-realistic, ageless, larger-than-life peasants, soldiers, workers, and youngsters in dynamic poses peopled the images. They pledged allegiance to the Communist cause, or obedience to Chairman Mao Zedong, or were engaged in the glorious task of rebuilding the nation.
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