Art

The paintings and stele documented here represent works of Tibetan art little-known to Westerners.

Chairman Mao’s Brilliance Illuminates Tibet: A Song Selection (1976)

A joint collaboration compiled by the Tibetan People’s Publishing House and the People’s Music Publishing House and published by the People’s Music Publishing House in 1976 in Beijing.   In the preface, written in October of 1975, it is revealed that the year before this work was published was the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the Tibetan Autonomous Region and thus, although it is not explicitly stated, this statement and the period in which they worked on this would seem to imply that this booklet of songs was compiled as part of that anniversary celebration. The themes and lyrics present strong evidence that this book is more representative of work of propaganda due to the ub

Reference Materials for Artists, 1973

A booklet of black-and-white line-drawings designed to serve as models for artists during the Cultural Revolution. It was first issued by the Shanghai People’s Publishing House in in 1965. The version shown here is a revised edition with the same title, published in 1973, which includes figures from revolutionary operas.

Happy Sisters

This section is split into two stories: one illustrated with passages overlaid in blank space and the other is of full page of texts with pages of illustrations interspersed throughout. The illustrated story tells the tale of Haha, a young Tibetan girl that makes sacrifices for her country joining the PLA in repairing a road along with other Tibetans. She is injured due to her overzealous desire to help the country and further the efforts of the nation and its people. She refuses compensation because her family is happy and the country needs the money to help defeat enemies. The other members of the work crew are forced to buy her gifts with the money so that she will accept remuneration. Ha

Tibetan Paintings from Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan

Introduction: Booklet for an exhibition held from the 16th-22nd of April, 1976 in Chengdu at the Provincial Fine Arts Exhibition Center to be held for specified prefectural and provincial government departments and committees, with organizing Garzê work units listed presenting a series of 84 Paintings from multiple artists from the Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Garzê in western Sichuan depicting scenes of daily life as well as those of great cultural or religious significance to the Tibetan people. Represents a progression in policy toward allowing the use of nationality characteristics such as tibetan garb and features and towards the decision to incorporate traditional Tibetan style and

Report on the request to superiors for appropriations to erect the “Red Army’s Capture of Luding Bridge Commemorative Stele” to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the bridge’s capture

Document requesting appropriations to erect a stele in commemoration of the decisive capture of Luding Bridge in Luding County, Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China. The bridge has become a site of attraction for domestic tourism in recent decades. The document includes a drawing submitted as design draft of the stele. The design was kept mostly the same from this draft to the erection of the stele itself. The design is noted as being requested of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. 1-34