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China's Modern Sketch I
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Huang Weiqiang
“Exterior View of the Urban Pile”
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Ye Qianyu
“Supply Exceeds Demand, Demand Exceeds Supply”
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Xu Ruoming
“Floating Blossoms Fill the City in Spring”
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Lu Zhixiang
“The New Climate for the Sub-colonial”
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Ji Yehou
“A Regulation Boulevard?”
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Huang Chen
“A Typical ‘Paper-tiger’ Urban Woman”
This is where the General Manager of Customer
Relations for our XX Nightclub, Miss S., lives.

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“The Coming of Spring” (clockwise from top left)
Tao Mouji: Spring Discount
Shen Tuzheng: Sensations of Springtime
Yang Jiachang: Strong Sympathy
Ding Shen: Settling Spring Accounts
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Lu Zhixiang
“Summertime Life Sketches, One: The Natatorium
(or, The Freshwater Crowd)”
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Zhang Hongfei
Customer: I simply refuse to believe a silk shop of this
size can’t find a modern-style fabric that works for me!

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Liu Xiyun
“Luxury Items”
Spectator A: Let’s hear it! Which of those two do you
prefer? Spectator B: I’d say the one in the little hat looks
good from the back, and the one in the big hat looks good
from the front. So I guess they’re both not half bad!

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Zhou Duo
“Deep in the Night”
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Nine Thematic Visual Narratives

1. City Life

The modern city provided endless inspiration for the artists of Modern Sketch. Some took their images directly from life, others concocted fantastic imaginary tableaux. The finest and most ambitious depictions of city life express a deeply ambiguous mixture of fascination and repulsion.
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