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Sun Rising in the Eastern Sky

Li Hongren Chinese

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This print depicts a magnificent shipyard with towering cranes and huge ships hovering over antlike dock workers. The entire scene is dramatically illuminated in the hazy morning light. It recalls in both style and subject Soviet Social Realist art, which was championed in the 1950s and 1960s to glorify modernization and progress.

Li Hongren is known for his lithographs on subjects as diverse as portraiture and industrial scenes. This work is considered among his best.

Sun Rising in the Eastern Sky, Li Hongren (Chinese, born 1931), Lithograph; ink and color on paper, China

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