Monday, February 08, 2010
Anti-American Art: Pass the Apples
A singer entertains lonely soldiers far from home; they're crammed into a log cabin dressed for full winter; it's clearly cold as hell outside. A poster of the kids back home hangs on the wall, bringing fond memories. Comraderie and bonhomerie are the words of the hour. Let's pass around a bowl of apples for the troops....wait, that's not a bowl. Yes, these are the "Chinese People's Volunteers" and they're wintering in Korea. Click on the image to see that "bowl" a little closer. A Chinese poster from the early 1950s, in a softer-edged, more Soviet-style of socialist realism than later Cultural Revolution works.