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Artist/makerMa Hongwen (born 1962) (printmaker)
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The scene shown in the 'Autumn Dance' demonstrates the exquisite sorrow manifest when life comes to an end.
Ma Hongwen engaged in advanced printmaking studies at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou in 1989. He is now the head of the Daqing Calligraphy and Painting Institute. As an industrial city, Daqing was a political metaphor during the 1960s and 1970s, attracting printmakers from different parts of China, especially from the Great Northern Wilderness School. Ma is one of the artists who benefited from this indirect influence. Since the late 1990s his work has moved away from industrial subject matter and weaves an imaginative vision of nature which is distinct from the work of other artists from this region.
In: Weimin He, and Shelagh Vainker, Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2007)
Weimin He, and Shelagh Vainker, Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2007), no. 115 on p. 126, illus. p. 126