James cahill pictures for use and pleasure vernacular painting in high qing chinaberkeley university of california press 2010 ix 265 pp hardcover 4995 isbn 978 0 520 25857 0. In james cahills own words the goal of pictures for use and pleasure is to facilitate further deeper and altogether better studies of the proposed category of vernacular paintings 199 the interest is in finding sorting and identifying such paintings according to their subject areas in making corrective attributions with suggested dates artists names and styles and in . A vernacular painting in china is a realistic folk depiction of scenes from everyday domestic life the term is often applied to paintings that were frequently displayed in high qing china during the new year and birthdays in his 2010 book pictures for use and pleasure art historian james cahill defines the term as a great body of painting created over the centuries by studio artists . In this groundbreaking book james cahill expands the field of chinese pictorial art history opening both scholarly studies and popular appreciation to vernacular paintings pictures for use and pleasure these were works commissioned and appreciated during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by the non elites of chinese society including women. Get this from a library pictures for use and pleasure vernacular painting in high qing china james cahill this is an outstanding piece of work timely essential authoritative and original cahill throws light on obscure artists emerging styles and regional traditions unexplored aspects of cultural
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