• Title


  • Artist/maker

    Xu Xiangdong (born 1962) (printmaker)
  • Associated place

    China (place of creation)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    woodcut, printed with oil-based ink

  • Material index

  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    sheet 190 x 46.2 cm (height x width)
    print 152.8 x 32.5 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Purchased with the assistance of the Eric North Bequest Fund, 2007.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    In recent years, following my study of positive and negative from, I have been trying to create a spiritual plastic form, that is able to surpass the form that people see in daily life.

    Xu Xiangdong worked in the Daqing Printmaking Institute until he went to study printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and then at the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou in 1991 and 1992. He studied further in 1997 and stayed at CAFA to teach in the woodcut workshop after finishing his studies. Xu’s early woodcuts mostly depict an industrialized subject matter, and use multi-coloured blocks. Since the late 1990s, he has abandoned the use of colour in his prints and has turned to the monochrome expression of modern people’s spiritual struggle, depression and sorrowfulness.

    In: Weimin He, and Shelagh Vainker, Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2007)

Further reading

Weimin He, and Shelagh Vainker, Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2007), no. 123 on p. 134, illus. p. 134

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