Zhang Xiaogang’s (b. 1958) Bloodline: The Big Family No.3. Considered the most significant example of the iconic Bloodline: The Big Family series, this oil on canvas was executed early on in Zhang’s career in 1995, one of a group of four paintings submitted for the centenary 46th Venice Biennale in 1995. Not only does the present work stand out as his first direct and profound response to the political and social tensions that lie at the very heart of the series – the central figure is depicted wearing a Mao badge – but the scale of this canvas, at 179 by 229 centimetres, marked Zhang’s first bold articulation of the Bloodline aesthetic.