James Cahill is Professor Emeritus of Chinese Art at the University of California, Berkeley. A recipient of the College Art Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art and the Charles Lang Freer Medal, an award established by the Smithsonian Institution to honor distinguished career contributions in the history of Asian and Near Eastern Art, he is the author of many books including The Lyric Journey: Poetic Painting in China and Japan and The Painter's Practice: How Artists Lived and Worked in Traditional China.
“An important book. . . . Cahill draws attention to a category of paintings that have hitherto been little studied.” - Marion S. Lee, Associate Professor, School of Art, Ohio University, CAA Reviews
“Lavishly illustrated, this is an absolutely crucial book for all students, scholars, and connoisseurs of Chinese painting.” - Choice
“A thought-provoking book for serious readers wanting a deep immersion in Chinese art history, social culture, and gender studies.” - Library Journal
“Will undoubtedly serve as a starting point for all future studies of the subject.” - China Review International
“A breakthrough in . . . the study of Chinese visual arts and material culture.” - Oxford Art Journal