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Mao, Warhol Wall Art
Andy Warhol created his Mao paintings in 1973 in response to US president Richard Nixon’s meeting with the Chinese leader the year before. This event ended decades of diplomatic tension between the two countries and captured the artist’s imagination, prompting him to design hundreds of canvases of Mao - some as large as 15 ft x 10 ft.
However, this painting certainly isn’t a celebration of Mao, with the graffiti-like splashes of colour and blue eyeshadow actually defacing his image. Indeed, many critics believe this reflects the freedom of self-expression available to artists in the West, in stark contrast to the communist propaganda the original image represented.
A great image for framing behind glass, or block mounting on canvas to create a focal point and conversation piece in any art lover's home.
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