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Ann Barrott Wicks

Chinese painter and calligrapher. Yang graduated in architecture from Qinghua University in 1958 and worked for the Chemistry Industrial Bureau. Her marriage to the artist Zeng Shanqing in 1956 introduced her to China’s leading painters and awakened her own desire to paint. In 1966, a few months before the advent of the Cultural Revolution, Yang was able to secure a position in the Beijing Art Company. As a relatively new and unknown artist, she escaped the persecution endured by established painters in the turbulent decade to follow. While officially painting portraits of Chairman Mao and other government-commissioned subjects she privately practised her craft. In ...