I don’t remember HER from the revolution!
Comrade Johnson, thank you for coming in. We have just a few questions before we renew your license to paint revolutionary Communist heroes.
We’ve dropped by your workshop, and most of your portraits are very nice. Good job on Deng and Mao. Very inspiring…
Um, that brings us to some of your other paintings, which don’t seem to depict immediately-recognizable heroes of the revolution.
This young lady in the top row, for instance, doesn’t show up in our archives of revolutionary leaders. Her uniform is no help because she isn’t wearing one. So naturally, we are wondering why you display her alongside noted and revered leaders.
Ah, I see. This year you sold NO paintings of Deng or Mao, and sixty-four MILLION paintings of this young lady? Very interesting.
No, no, don’t stop painting her, it sounds like people admire her very much. Perhaps you could paint her in a Mao jacket? Ah, I see. Well, you know, we had to ask…
A folk artist paints at his workshop in the Dafen village on the outskirts of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, December 24, 2009. The village, covering 400,000 square meters originally had just 300 villagers, currently has nearly 10,000 painters and more than 800 galleries. It has become a major exporting base for the world’s oil paintings, mostly imitations of famous Western paintings, taking 40 percent of the world’s market, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/StringerREUTERS/Stringer