Cahill, James, 1926-2014Alternative names
Born, Fort Bragg, CA
Receives BA degree in Oriental Languages from University of California, Berkeley
Receives MA degree in Art History from University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor
Holds a museum training fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
1954- 1955: Studies with Shujiro Shimada at Kyoto University in Japan on a Fulbright Scholarship
Works with Osvald Sirén in Stockholm on his seven-volume series "Chinese Painting: Leading Masters and Principles" Joins staff of Freer and Sackler Gallery as Curator of Chinese Art
Receives PhD in Art History from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, working principally with Max Loehr
Publishes first and highly influential book: "Chinese Painting." In: Treasures of Asia series, Editions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva, Switzerland 1960. Published also in French and German editions
Leaves the Freer and Sackler Gallery to accept position as Professor of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley
Goes to China as member of the Chinese Archaeological Delegation, first group of art historians to visit China from the US
Publishes first of projected five-volume series on later Chinese paintings: "Hills Beyond a River: Chinese Painting of the Yuan Dynasty"
Visits China as chairman of Chinese Old Painting Delegation
Publishes second of projected five-volume series on later Chinese painting: "Parting At the Shore: Chinese Painting of the Early and Middle Ming Dynasty"
1978- 1979: Accepts appointment as Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard; delivers series of lectures titled, "The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in 17th Century Chinese Painting"
Publishes "Barnhart-Cahill-Rogers Correspondence, 1981" (collection of correspondence published for colleagues) The Harvard lecture series: "The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in 17th Century Chinese Painting" published as a book, receives College of Art Association's Morey Prize for Best Art History book
1998- 1999: Spends a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton with his wife, the art historian and artist Hsingyuan Tsao
Former students organize 80th birthday party/symposium at Berkeley, titled: "Returning to the Shore"
Became the 12th Recipient of the Charles Lang Freer Medal
Living in Vancouver, Canada
From the guide to the James Cahill Papers, 1945-1996, (The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives)
- Art historians
- Japan (as recorded)
- China (as recorded)
- Washington (D.C.) (as recorded)
- Berkeley (Calif.) (as recorded)