Ha Qiongwen

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From International Institute of Social History:

(born 1925) One of the most productive poster designers in Shanghai, who worked for the People's Art Publishing house from ca. 1950 to 1992. His work shows many influences: from Soviet Socialist Realism and traditional Chinese art to modern international design. In 1959 he designed a 'Long Live Chairman Mao' poster, which was printed in over 2,000,000 copies and won him national fame. During the Cultural Revolution, he had his share of difficulties and was lucky to survive.

Ha Qiongwen's 1963 work entitled American imperialism must be driven out of Southern Vietnam! (offset lithograph, 107x77 cm), published by the Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House, appears to have served as a model for Shepard Fairey's 2006 prints Molotov Man and DJ Shadow Small.

American imperialism must be driven out of Southern Vietnam!

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