Washing Hair 2000


  • Title

    Washing Hair 2000

  • Artist/maker

    Zhang Guanghui (born 1961) (printmaker)
  • Associated place

    China (place of creation)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    multi-block woodcut, printed with oil-based ink

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    sheet 84.5 x 90 cm (height x width)
    print 75 x 83.5 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

    My work is a result of rethinking the traditional Chinese spirit and the state of urban life. It has also embodied the course of my life in its current state.

    Zhang Guanghui graduated from the Printmaking Department of the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts (HAFA) in 1984, and further studied printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989. He is presently the head of the Printmaking Department at HAFA. His prints are ultimately influenced by the mysterious Chu culture of southern China during the Pre-Qin period (770–221 BC), but he seeks to reinterpret his perception of the Chu culture into modern visual language. His recent woodcuts often show an intricate mixture of texture and symbols with overlapping blocks, depicting the psychological reality of daily life in the modern world.

    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. 106 on p. 117, illus. p. 117

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