Portrait of Zhou Enlai, China

Portrait of Zhou Enlai, China

Portrait of Zhou Enlai
Painted by Wu Kang (born 1914)
China, Jingdezhen
1965-75
Porcelain, painted in enamels
Museum no. FE.36-1990
Simon Kwan Gift

Zhou Enlai (1898-1976) was the first premier of the People's Republic of China. His portrait has the accuracy of a photograph, but has been painstakingly painted in enamels on porcelain. The artist Wu Kang was praised for his ability to bring out the inner life of his subjects.