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Line 44 and following tell me about the decline of Scar Art, but also about the preoccupation that persisted and gave rise to Native Soil. So I get the impression that Native Soil was an even later development than Scar Art. Thus, I can't conclude that Native Soil arose originally in opposition to Revolutionary Realism - the time frame appears off.
Line 55 and following tell me that Native Soil reacted by idealizing traditional peasant life. This is stated in contrast to the way Scar Art reacted to the Cultural Revolution. Further, I know from line 40 that Revolutionary Realism (which the Cultural Revolution intensified) demanded that artists depict contemporary Chinese society in a certain way. Traditional peasant life would not have been contemporary, so Native Soil set itself apart by depicting an idealized past, not the contemporary society brought about by Mao and his followers.