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Chinese Propaganda Posters

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Mao's starring role in Chinese propaganda art

With his smooth, warm, red face which radiated light in all directions, Chairman Mao Zedong was a fixture in Chinese propaganda posters produced between the birth of the People's Republic in 1949 and the early 1980s.

These infamous posters were, in turn, central fixtures in Chinese homes, railway stations, schools, journals, ma
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Taschen (first published January 1st 2003)
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Zöe Yu
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, china
Nice book. Some of the posters I even grew up with. Education is significant, if these are starting from an early age, the impact is tremendous.
Dave Sippel
This is an interesting if frustrating book. The artwork is beautiful and fascinating to look at but very little detail about it is given. Most of the text is left in the captions, which are divided into English, French and German. An introductory essay is at the beginning of the book, giving a brief history of how propaganda was used in China prior to the 1980s.
Caro M.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cultural-asia
This one was my fav.

This is a very good collection of Chinese propaganda posters ranging from 1949 to the 1980s, when the propaganda poster art began to decline as China opened itself more to the West. The book is arranged by themes: discipline, children, women, etc. The art itself is excellent. Granted, this was art for propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), but it is clear they put a lot of effort and brought in very good artists to create the art. Within that, you can see the clear patterns and expecta ...more
I bought a shrink-wrapped copy of this to help with a paper I'm currently writing for an Art History course. When I opened it up I was pretty excited when I saw all of the essays at the front of the book. Unfortunately, as I examined it a bit closer, I started to realize that there was only a third of the amount of essay material as I first thought- because the essays are all printed in English, French, and German. That being said, I REALLY enjoyed the essays at the front of the book but I was u ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos, historia, arte
En este libro el autor propone ver folletos propagandísticos del Partido Comunista Chino como obras de arte. Cada sección está acompañada con una breve descripción de la época para situarnos en el contexto histórico y cada obra con una reseña de su origen y su objetivo.

La guerra, la paz, la educación de los niños, el ejército, los campesinos, Mao, las mujeres, los jóvenes, la cultura, el trabajo son sólo algunos de los aspectos que están retratados en esta excelente colección que muestra la Chin
Apr 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a joy to look at...glossy and so big you have to lay on
your bed and slowly turn the pages.

The world inside it is awesome too: Everyone works hard and honestly,
the men are all handsome and wise, and the women are so girlishly
red it's sickening. Good for fantasy land but I prefer the warts....and
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, totally amazing collection of propaganda posters from 40+ years of communism. Simply amazing.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: china-chine
A nice travel to past for young people who didn't know Mao's era In China. A good reference among books about Asia to me.
Marissa Barbieri
Pretty much everything Taschen does is gold, and they've been amazing in recent years (since their 25th birthday) at putting out big beautiful books on the cheap, like this gem for a mere $14.99 retail. I suppose I shouldn't add it to the "read" shelf since I've only looked at the pictures, but I'm sure I'll pick it up for perusal again soon, if only to try to understand the communist obsession with giant peaches.
Rebekah Lewis
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
The pictures are amazing and of good variety. The little essays that accompany the posters give great insight into Mao's China. A great gem for those interested in this era, communist art or just want something mind blowing to look at

Grab this book if...
* You're interested in Mao's China
* You're into propaganda art
* You like Chinese history
Benjamin Britton
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Protect the interest of the youth, woman and children (…), help the youth and women to organize in order to participate on an equal footing in all work useful to the war effort…"

"We Can learn what we did not know. We are not only good at destroying the old works, we are also good at building the new."


"Gorgeous and sinister in equal measure."
- the Independent, London.
Tom Schulte
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china
this is an important and impressive single collection presented by Taschen. there is little text crowding out the large reproductions in this coffee table book. among the introductory essays is one by a woman that grew up with this propaganda emphasizing the impact of growing up with these illustrations. i am impressed individual artists, print runs and original price are all known.
May 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
You can't beat a good propaganda poster. The Russians did it best, but the sheer audacity of the Chinese is magical. While on the whole they are formulaic (rosy cheeked Chinese babies, abundant harvests, kind soldiers) the rare poster that celebrates China's unique history makes it worth a look.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-history
This was a fascinating collection of posters, reproduced beautifully, with very interesting introductory essays. I only wish there had been more analysis of the contents -- but it did not set out to be an analysis, so.
Lm Huffman
The unusual organization of the posters is only explained at the very back of the text; having that in the front would have helped. I also felt the individual posters would have benefited from greater contextualization.
Jo O'donnell
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating look at Chinese propaganda from the country's founding until the 80s when such posters went out of style. The book could use more context, however, and the introductory essays were a little cursory.
Dec 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In truth, I havent really "read" all of it. Great source for reading about and studying Chinese propaganda posters. I love'em.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
pretty good reference with some excellent explanatory comments on various posters.
Faith Santilla
Not exactly a book to read, but the pictures of the rotund babies with big heads and alarmingly rosy cheecks remind me of my son.
Kenneth "Well" Hung
Jun 02, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
Great coffee table big ass picture books full of cute fat Chinese baby and great Chinese propaganda posters.

Go to p.257 and get freak out...
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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