This eye-catching porcelain plate features a Red Guard (Hongweibing) broadcasting on the radio with a background of the Great Wall. A slogan that reads “Qian Qiu Gong Zui, Wo Men Ping Shuo” ( We [the people] will decide the merits and demerits [of history] ) is on the plate.
Like other work created by Wu, this plate was first drawn in brown then coloured with a second and/or third layer to create a 3D effect. “Jingdezhen Art Porcelain Factory Committee” signed at the base.
WuKang (1914-1991) was born in Anhui Province, China. Wu learnt from Deng Bizhao when he was 13 and later developed a technique of painting on ceramics. For the first layer, he used only brown to draw the base sketch then coloured it for the second layer. Wu started his career painting or Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-shek) and Song Meiling prior to 1949. Later Wu also painted for leaders of the PRC. During the Cultural Revolution, Wu was persecuted for his past. To show his loyalty to Mao, Wu created 3 Ceramics paintings of Mao and other works to celebrate the Party. After the Cultural Revolution, most of his works were destroyed as they were considered as “politically wrong”.
Diameter: 23.8 cm.
Condition: Good; a few scratches near the slogan and the body of the Red Guard.