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Reading the Great Wilderness' fine print

(China Daily)

09:34, December 17, 2012

Students enjoy the exhibition of prints from the Heilongjiang Art Museum's collection in the National Art Museum of China. (China Daily/Jiang Dong)

Swarms of demobilized soldiers pioneered a massive exploration of Beidahuang, or the "Great Wilderness", of Heilongjiang province in the late 1950s.

They not only cultivated the wasteland but also created prints with such basic implements as knives and woodblocks.

Their creations formed a distinctive school of engraving that was later named after the vast plain upon which they toiled for decades.

The Beidahuang print school extensively influenced artistic development in other parts of Heilongjiang and still nurtures local artists.

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