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The Sank Boat on Suez Canal

Author: Mi Gu

The age of creation: 1956

Specifications: 48×60.6cm

Material quality :ink and brush

Introduction to the work:
Mi Gu's cartoons keep pace with the times, and they often reflect those significant historical events happened home and abroad. "The Sank Boat on Suez Canal" shows his concern for the struggle of the third world countries against British and French colonists. The Suez Canal, located northeast of Egypt, is a famous international sea-lane and strategic point. It aroused worldwide agitation against France and Britain when they tried to usurp the administrative rights of the Canal.

In 1956, Egypt resumed its exercise of sovereignty over the Canal. Mi Gu used an ancient maxim—waters can carry a boat and may also overturn it to describe the struggle of Arab people on the Canal issue. In the picture, the Arab people hold their fists high like waves, which symbolizes the broken boat of imperialism sank by the people. Strong visual effect was produced by contrasting black, white, and yellow. Mi Gu devotes to the research of folk fine arts, and Chinese painting, therefore, his cartoons have strong Chinese characteristics.
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