1968 'Chairman Mao goes to Anyuan' reprint poster


Mao, Jiang Qing, Lin Biao (1966-1972)

Three leaders dominate the Cultural Revolution. First of course is Mao, presented almost as a god. The Little Red Book is his Bible; his portrait gives the people strength. A picture of the young Mao becomes a true icon of the revolution. Second is Jiang Qing, Mao's wife, who plays an important role. Nominally she occupies herself with cultural affairs, but in reality she tries to build up a political power base of her own. As she is not very popular, only a few posters are devoted to her. Third is Lin Biao, Minister of Defense. He develops the Mao Cultand tries to become Mao's successor.

Mao as a young man on his way to the city of Anyuan to lead a miners' strike. This oil painting becomes an icon of the Cultural Revolution. The image is reproduced an estimated 900 million times. The poster is to be seen almost everywhere, in houses, factories and offices.

Designer: Liu Chunhua (刘春华)
1968, July
Mao zhuxi qu Anyuan (毛主席去安源)
Publisher: Hebei renmin meishu chubanshe, Beijing (河北人民美术出版社)
Size: 106x76 cm.
Call number: BG E12/703 (IISH collection)

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