Echo of a Scream

This is Echo of a Scream, a 1937 painting by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros. According to the book History of Modern Art this painting was based on "an actual news photograph of a child in the aftermath of a bombing in the contemporaneous Sino-Japanese war". I can't find any further documentation of this. Does such a photo exist?

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    There is a brief reference in Japanese Wiki about this, but further googling did not produce anything that links this painting with the bombing in Sino-Japanese war.
    – user12387
    May 3, 2020 at 21:16

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Bloody Saturday

Answering my own question here, I think I found it. Known as "Bloody Saturday", this photo was very widely seen around the world in September to October, 1937. The angle is different but otherwise I would say the resemblance is clear enough that it seems likely to be Siquieros' inspiration. The photo was taken at the Shanghai Railway Station. The Wikipedia article provides quite a bit of further context.

  • But you know what, he was a die hard communist ( or more a Stalinist ) and according to Wiki(English) link [ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Alfaro_Siqueiros ] "The Siqueiros Experimental Workshop only lasted for a little over a year until Siqueiros went to fight in the Spanish Civil War in April 1937", so that it is very likely that the picture was drawn to show the misery of Spanish war rather than Sino-Japanese war. (Also note in Sino-Japanese war, main enemy to JIA was Kuotaming, not Chinese communists back then)
    – user12387
    May 4, 2020 at 0:37
  • Yes. It would seem that the photo was merely a visual point of reference.
    – Brian Z
    May 4, 2020 at 11:28

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