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China's Modern Sketch I
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Tao Mouji
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Tao Mouji
“Famished”
Female Storeclerk: So sorry! We’re fresh
out of big buttered buns!

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Zhang Yingchao
“Red Lips of August among the Gay Crowd”
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Zhang Yingchao
“City of Anemia and Heartburn”
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Ye Qianyu
“Skirt-chasers”
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Zhang Yingchao
“Preferred Partner”
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Tao Mouji
“Watermelon Seeds and Romance”
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Zhang Yingchao
“The Ginza in June”
The chikatetsu has opened, and it’s waribiki;
looking sharp in a western-style outfit!

Notes: 1) Ginza is the name of a street in Tokyo, Japan
that is lined with coffee shops ... 2)
Chikatetsu refers
to a subterranean electric railway: the “under-ground.”
3)
waribiki means “discount.”
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Ye Qianyu
“Dance Hall Close-ups” (clockwise from top left)
Live advertising à la 1934
A modern-day Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu
If you want to feel the meat, you can’t wear a
scholar’s gown
A match made in Heaven; moving in perfect step

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Hu Kao
“The Perfect Life of Leisure!” (clockwise from top left)
— Ain’t no time for learning in the gusty old fall,
Woo woo...chee chee...a shoo shoo shoo...
— Ain’t no time for books in the warm and breezy spring,
Pa pa...doo doo...a go go go
— Ain’t no time for homework in the scorching summer,
Wah wah...lah lah...a yeah yeah yeah
— Ain’t no time to study on those chilly winter nights,
Dah dah...bom bom...a lah lah lah...

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Tao Mouji
“October Gold!”
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Guo Jianying
“The Lure of the Water”
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Nine Thematic Visual Narratives

2. “Modern Girl Modern Boy”

The phenomena of the “modern girl” and “modern boy” swept the world’s urban centers during the interwar years. Shanghai-based Modern Sketch contributors like Zhang Yingchao, Guo Jianying, Hu Kao, Tao Mouji, and Ye Qianyu played a key role in propagating these jazz-age images. The Chinese artists emulated and extended a global style, just as their counterparts in cities like Berlin, Bombay, and Tokyo were doing, creating pictures of play and seduction for a pair of types sometimes worshipped, sometimes reviled, but always in tune with the allure of the modern.
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