Beyond Nationalism: The Work of Xu Jianbai in Maoist China, 1949 - 1979

dc.contributor.advisorKuo, Jasonen_US
dc.contributor.authorGent, Madeline Liliaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentArt History and Archaeologyen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.description.abstractBeyond Nationalism: The Work of Xu Jianbai in Maoist China, 1949-1979, examines the life and work of the contemporary Chinese painter Xu Jianbai (1925 - ) as an access point to reconsider Chinese art under the period of Mao Zedong as a more complex and varied narrative than what has been relayed by traditional scholarship. The project considers the biography of the artist, especially her training under Lin Fengmian and in the United States and later persecution, as a key component to understanding her choice of style and subject matter. In the thesis, I argue for a more inclusive history of Chinese painting from this era. Paintings by artists like Xu Jianbai, which one might dismiss as non-representative of art at the time, are actually an entry point into a broader understanding of the divisive and varied culture and politics in China under the dictatorship of Mao Zedong.en_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledArt historyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAsian studiesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMao Zedongen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledXu Jianbaien_US
dc.titleBeyond Nationalism: The Work of Xu Jianbai in Maoist China, 1949 - 1979en_US


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