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1777 - 1848 Huang Antao - Huang Yao's Great-Great Grandfather
Once I went to a bookstore because of an appointment to look at some paintings. I did not expect that among the paintings I would find something written by my great-great grandfather, Huang Antao.
1917 to 1933 Huang Yao's Early Life
Huang Yao describes some of his childhood in an article entitled, “My Father”.
1917 Birth year of Huang Yao
On his birthday 11 Feb 1975 (Lunar calender year), he painted the above painting and wrote on it that he was 59 years old (Chinese calculation is a year older), which made him born in 1917.There have been a number of accounts that Huang Yao was born anywhere between 1911 and 1917.
1933 Huang Yao Assistant Editor
In Bi Keguan’s “Manhua de Hua yu Hua” (2002), he interviews Mu Yilong who mentioned Huang Yao began work an assistant editor at Xinwen Bao (Shanghai Post).
1935 Sketches of Huang Yao by Ye Qianyu and Lu Shaofei and Lu Zhiyang
Sketches of Huang Yao by Ye Qianyu, Lu Shaofei and Lu Zhiyang.
October 1936 Issue of Manhua Jie (Modern Puck)
This image first appeared in October 1936, before the First National Cartoon Exhibition which was held on November 4, 1936. The title of this image is "The Cartoon Circle on a hilltop on Chong Yang Festival". The Chong Yang Festival occurs on the 23rd of October. The cartoon was done by Wang Zimei.
October 26 1937 Huang Yao Leaves Shanghai
Huang Yao wrote, “I had to leave Shanghai in a hurry and secretly. It was because of my involvement with the Children’s Save the Country Society, that the Japanese were now looking for me.”
November 1937 Huang Yao heads to Chongqing
Huang Yao wrote that he left Shanghai during the last defense of Shanghai by the Chinese battalion in the Sihang Warehouse in November. About his trip after leaving Shanghai, “First I went via Wu Songkou, took a boat to Ningbo, (to pay my respect to my mother) stayed at Chao Er Jiang for 2 days, then left for Hang Zhou, waited for another 2 days (if it did not rain the Japanese would be bombing the area), from Jing Kang Guo Dao, I headed for Nanjing.
March 10 1938 Shanghai and Cartoons in 1938
Although the rest of the country was at war, Shanghai was like an island as the concession areas were not much affected. However, the Shanghai cartoon world was quiet. A bi-monthly magazine called, ‘Huaji Shijie’ (Funny World) printed cartoons without the creator’s names.
March 30 1938 Gao Lingmei
Huang Yao first met with his friend, the photographer, Gao Lingmei (he was the photographer for artist Zhang Daqian) in Nanjing. It was in Gao’s brothers photo studio by the river in Nanjing in late 1937.
April to August 1938 Huang Yao and Zheng Baolin
Huang Yao wrote, “Fudan University had moved to Beipei near Chongqing and had restarted their classes in February of 1938. I met Xie Liuyi, the head of the Journalism Department who invited me to give a talk. The title of the talk was caricature portraits. At the end of the talk, the students were asked to draw a caricature of Xie.” Zheng Baoling ’s (later Huang Yao’s wife) sketch was particularly outstanding and caught his eye.
January 1939 Huang Yao and Chen Jiying
Chen Jiying describes meeting Huang Yao in Chongqing. Huang Yao lived in an area above Changping Jie, near Shanwangmiao....
1939 Niu Bizi Digging War Trenches
Huang Yao wrote in the preface to his "The 3 Talks of Niu Bizi" that his other instructional book, ‘The Ten Talks of Niu Bizi’ was written in a...
1942 Chen Hengan of Guiyang
Once I reached Guiyang, I noticed that all the shop signs were written by the same person. The construction of the calligraphy was roundish and had a style like Yan Zhenqing.
1942 Friends in Guiyang - Xie Liuyi
Although huang Yao was famous as a cartoonist, he was by profession a journalist in both Shanghai and Chongqing.
Summer 1942 Ermei Shan
Huang Yao visited Emei Shan for the third and last time. He wrote about his experience staying in a monastery up in Emei mountains and the philosophy lessons he learned by observing it's abbot...
1942 and 1944 Guiyang
During the 8 years of War of Resistance, Huang Yao was in Guiyang for only a total of about half a year while he was in Chongqing for almost 5 years, in Guilin for one and a half years.
May 5 1943 Poet’s Day
Huang Yao got along well with Liu Yazi and often met with him and other friends to discuss the creation of art in the wartime.
1944 Huang Yao leaves Guilin
When Huang Yao left Guilin and returned to Guiyang in 1944, he left two sets of woodblock prints and other art works at Lequnshe, which were all destroyed by the bombing of Guilin.
1944 Visit to the Miao Area
In Guilin, it was recorded that Huang Yao’s artworks were published, including cartoons, sketches, propaganda artwork and sketches of his ‘Visit to the Miao Area’, there is mention of specially commissioned Niu Bizi cartoons that appeared in ‘Travel Magazine’ and Saodang News.