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Compelling Image: Nature and Style in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Painting

by James Cahill Belknap Press
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Hbk 276 pages
AU$385.00 NZ$393.04
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A generously illustrated book, extraordinarily rich in insights, ideas, and information...Cahill throws light on individuals and specific issues, bringing out the diversity of what he portrays as an intensely experimental, 'self-conscious' age of Chinese painting...Perhaps the single most important contribution to the book is Cahill's demonstration of western influence on Chinese painting from the beginning of the seventeenth century...His analysis of this question, and of many others, opens new doors for the field, which will never truly be the same. Susan E. Nelson Journal of Asian History Among the most important works on later Chinese painting to appear in any Western language. Thomas Lawton, Director, Freer Gallery A book of immense breadth...With its profundity and richness...this book is one no serious student of Chinese art can afford to be without. Ellen Johnston Laing Ars Orientalis The book gives compelling lessons on what to see, where to look, and how to infer ideas and meaning through pictorial form and techniques...For breaking new grounds in the study of Chinese paintings, for teaching us how to look, and for bringing issues of Chinese art into the wider perspective of art history, we award the 1982 Charles Rufus Morey Award for the best art history book of the year to James Cahill's The Compelling Image. Citation presented by the College Art Association of America
James Cahill is Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley.