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Song of Sixteen Characters: Poem by Mao Zedong

Fu Baoshi Chinese

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The speed and motion of soldiers and horses, as well as the flames and smoke swirling into the sky, convey a powerful sense of the urgency of battle. Fu’s image is only loosely based on Mao’s poem:

The sea collapses and the river boils.
Innumerable horses race
Insanely into the peak of battle.

Song of Sixteen Characters: Poem by Mao Zedong, Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965), Album leaf; ink and color on paper, China

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