Since 1957 he is for the second time the head of the National Academy. Suspected of being a Kuomintang spy, he is viciously persecuted by the Cultural Revolution from 1966 until his death in 1971. A 358 x 150 cm landscape painted in 1963 was sold for RMB 290M including premium by China Guardian on November 20, 2018.
Animals are allegories. Perched at the top of the rock, the eagle or raven is an aggressive vigil. The buffalo exhausted by its plowing work receives as its only reward from the humans the right to have a rest in the pond.
With a Chinese title meaning After Plowing, a buffalo painted in 1958, 227 x 121 cm, was sold for RMB 160M including premium by China Guardian on June 19, 2017. The animal with the rope of slavery in the nostrils keeps its head down and has a sad gaze.
With a less politically risky title meaning Buffalo in Spring, the 248 x 101 cm painting made in 1961 is almost identical, with variations in the foliage and another position of the poem. It will be sold on December 7 by Poly in Beijing, lot 2524. It is illustrated in the China Daily article announcing the sale.