Badiucao (巴丢草):The Raft of the Medusa 2013

For his final CDT cartoon of 2013, Badiucao revisits many of the major stories from the year in one drawing, which shows images from Bo Xilai’s trial, the crackdown on Internet speech, dead pigs, Tibetan self-immolations, and more. The title alludes to a painting from 1818-19 by French painter Théodore Géricault, which depicted the aftermath of the wreck of a French naval ship Méduse (the Medusa). The accident became a public scandal when the French captain and the monarchy under which he was operating were blamed for the disaster.

Le Radeau de la Méduse 2013 (The Raft of the Medusa 2013), by Badiucao for CDT:
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See more of Badiucao’s drawings for CDT and read an interview with the artist. For more on the stories referenced in the painting and other top China news from 2013, see CDT’s News Map.