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Han-Wu Shen


21st Century Realist artist

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100 x 90 cms | 39 1/4 x 35 1/4 ins

Pioneers of the Red Guards were from the High School Attached to Tsinghua University. All of their family background were "Five Red Categories". Among them, the most fervent advocates of the Bloodline-ism came from the high-ranking party and government cadres families. In 1966, the famous "Xicheng District Picket of Red Guards " hold an exhibition at the Palace Museum to display the goods thus expropriated. To be in the former Imperial Palace and to be encircled with gold, silver and other treasures, a woman Red Guard sighed with emotion to her partners: "The People's Republic of China was found in 1949. If it wasn't republic we'd all have become princesses." Then, the state power seemed within in reach of the Red Guards' fingertips.

After two and a half years, Mao Zedong abandoned the Red Guards. Most of the Red Guards were sent to rural areas, and began the life of peasants.

Five red categories: Worker, Poor and lower-middle peasants, Revolutionary cadre, Revolutionary army man, Revolutionary intellectual. Their children were claimed to be the Red Descendants.