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Gei siren tie gaoyao (Applying medicinal plasters to a dead man)

Title: Gei siren tie gaoyao (Applying medicinal plasters to a dead man)
Artist: Kukryniksy
Created: 1949
Media: cartoon
Source: Sulian fengcihua xuanji (A collection of Soviet satirical art) (Shanghai, 1951).
Notes:

The Soviet group of wartime artists who worked under the collective name of Kukryniksy came to prominence in China in the early post-1949 era, where their work was exhibited alongside other Soviet bloc cartoonists. Their depictions of Chiang are interesting in the fact that they contained markedly racial characteristics (at a time when the Soviet Union was publicly defining itself as a friend of the Chinese people). Kukryniksy's Chiang is markedly different from that developed by Yan'an-trained artists drawing at the same time in that they included almost cliched attributes such as overly emphasised almond-shaped eyes.

Further Reading:

Windows on the War, Art Institute of Chicago