Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2014 Karen Y. Chen
This paper examines the connection between art and nationalism in Chinese culture and asserts that the recent market boom and price jump in Chinese fine art reflects a concerted yet conflicted effort by the Chinese government and Chinese society as a whole to reconcile with a problematic twentieth-century past. The paper first delves into the historical practice of utilizing art to construct political narratives though Ming-Qing dynasties before examining how antiquarianism was utilized by Mao Zedong himself and by the modern day Chines Communist Party.
Chen, Karen Y., "Constructing Historical Truth: An Examination of the Chinese Art Market As A Reflection of China’s Concerted but Conflicted Contemporary Reconciliation with its Problematic Past" (2014). CMC Senior Theses. 877.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.