The Founding Ceremony of the Nation is a 1953 oil painting by Chinese
artist Dong Xiwen. It depicts Mao Zedong and other Communist officials
inaugurating the People's Republic of China at Tiananmen Square on
October 1, 1949. A prominent example of socialist realism, it is one of
the most celebrated works of official Chinese art. After the Communists
took control of China, they sought to memorialize their achievements
through artworks. Dong was commissioned, and completed the oil painting
in three months in a folk art style, drawing on historical Chinese art.
The success of the painting was assured when Mao viewed it and liked it,
and it was reproduced in large numbers for display in homes. Dong was
ordered to remove Gao Gang from the painting in 1954 and Liu Shaoqi in
1967, after government purges. In 1972 a reproduction was painted by
other artists to accommodate another deletion. After the purged
officials were rehabilitated, the replica was modified in 1979 to
include them. Both canvases are in the National Museum of China in
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Founding_Ceremony_of_the_Nation>
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