The Descendants of the Dragon

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Han-Wu Shen

1950-

21st Century Realist artist

The Descendants of the Dragon

101.6 x 76.2 cms | 40 x 30 ins
Oil

In China, dragon is a miraculous animal in the human imagination. It was the symbol of ancient royal family. The emperors were called "the real dragons" and owned the supreme authority. In the early time of the Cultural Revolution, the "Red Guards" pushed their personality cult to Chairman Mao into a vertex with their devastatingly violent actions. That was not a dynasty in China but represented more than a dynasty. The "Red Guards" were a product of a totalitarian dictatorship. It was a short-lived successor of the dragon. Although the "Red Guards" disappeared, yet descendants of the Dragon are living on now.