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The Three Gorges Dam Migration (unmounted version)
  • Yun-Fei Ji
    born 1963
    born: Beijing, China ; active: United States
  • The Three Gorges Dam Migration (unmounted version), 2009
  • Where object was made: United States
  • woodblock print, hand-printed with traditional Chinese watercolor inks from 500 hand-carved blocks of pear wood, on mulberry paper
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 351 x 3078 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 13/16 x 121 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 400 x 3836 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 151 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0009.03

Image begins with grove of trees, progresses from right to left, landscape with figures of displaced persons with belongings in bundles, baskets, and carts. Occasionally interspersed are a few bizarre creatures, such as fish-headed man and warthog-like creature walking on hind legs. Image uses gestural outline with loose color fill, colors are muted and mainly blues, browns, and reds. Image ends with five policemen in a boat in the river. Scroll ends with lengthy colophon.