Cahill, James, 1926-2014

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  • 1926: Born, Fort Bragg, CA
  • 1950: Receives BA degree in Oriental Languages from University of California, Berkeley
  • 1952: Receives MA degree in Art History from University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor
  • Circa 1953: 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
  • 1956: 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
  • 1958: Receives PhD in Art History from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, working principally with Max Loehr
  • 1960: 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
  • 1965: Leaves the Freer and Sackler Gallery to accept position as Professor of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley
  • 1973: Goes to China as member of the Chinese Archaeological Delegation, first group of art historians to visit China from the US
  • 1976: Publishes first of projected five-volume series on later Chinese paintings: "Hills Beyond a River: Chinese Painting of the Yuan Dynasty"
  • 1977: Visits China as chairman of Chinese Old Painting Delegation
  • 1978: 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"
  • 1982: 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
  • 2007: Former students organize 80th birthday party/symposium at Berkeley, titled: "Returning to the Shore"
  • 2010: Became the 12th Recipient of the Charles Lang Freer Medal
  • Present: 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)

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creatorOf James Cahill Papers, 1945-1996 The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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associatedWith Asian Art Museum of San Francisco corporateBody
associatedWith Barnhart, Richard M., 1934- person
associatedWith College Art Association of America corporateBody
associatedWith Fong, Wen person
associatedWith Freer Gallery of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Fu, Shen, 1937- person
associatedWith Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan corporateBody
associatedWith Lawton, Thomas, 1931- person
associatedWith Ledderose, Lothar date person
associatedWith Lee, Sherman E. person
associatedWith Li, Chu-tsing, 1920- person
associatedWith Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pope, John Alexander person
associatedWith Sickman, L. C. S. (Laurence C. S.) person
associatedWith Soper, Alexander Coburn, 1904- person
associatedWith Vinograd, Richard Ellis date person
associatedWith Wang, Chi-ch<U+2018>ien. person
associatedWith Wu, Nelson Ikon, 1919- person
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Washington (D.C.)
Berkeley (Calif.)
Art historians


Birth 1926-08-13

Death 2014-02-14





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