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Hung Liu
Born 1948 in Changchun, China
Lives and works in Oakland, CA
Mu Nu (Mother and Daughter), 1997
oil paint on canvas
80 x 140 inches, diptych
Museum purhcase
1997.22a–b
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Like many of her other paintings, Hung Liu bases Mu Nu on an archival Chinese photograph, probably from the late 19th or early 20th century. The mother and daughter labor together, pulling an unseen boat up a river. During Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Hung Liu was sent to the country to work in the fields for “reeducation.”