Backbone (支柱) is the representative work of Zhang Huaijiang, which depicted a wounded soldier who is reading under the candle light. The image, the spirit and artistic conception of the painting depend on each other and complement each other, telling a simple, noble and inspiring story. The proper uses of carving tools ensured harmonious rhythm of the black and white. Zhang’s serious thoughts about life were showed in the picture as well.


  • Title: Backbone
  • Creator: Zhang Huaijiang
  • Date: 1978
  • Provenance: Museum of Contemporary Art of CAA
  • Type: woodcut
  • Creator nationality: China
  • Creator gender: male

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