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Zhang Xiaogang

Description, 2009
Lithography
Edition of 130
80 x 120 cm (31.5 x 47.2 in.)
Signed and numbered
In mint condition| €3,500
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Description belongs to the set of twenty lithographs from "The Storyteller's Enchantments of Zhang Xiaogang", which comes as a limited edition of 132 rare books. Inspired by family photos from the Cultural Revolution period, as well as the European tradition of surrealism, Zhang Xiaogang’s lithographs engage with the notion of identity within the Chinese culture of collectivism.

"I drew a person smiling once, but I don't think I am good at drawing people smiling. I'm better at drawing people spacing out." —Zhang Xiaogang

Basing his work around the concept of ‘family’ –immediate, extended, and societal – Xiaogang’s portraits depict an endless genealogy of imagined forebears and progenitors, each unnervingly similar and distinguished by minute difference. He wanted to paint the characters as if they look the same. They can be a man or a woman. He wants to show that they are like cloned people and they have the same thoughts.