Greg M. THOMAS 陶格

Professor 教授
RPg Coordinator

Tel: 3917-7042
Email: gmthomas@hku.hk
Office: Room 10.22, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

BA, Washington University; MA, PhD Harvard University

Professor Thomas teaches various aspects of European and American art and architecture from the 18th to 20th centuries, as well as the first-year survey of western art. A specialist in 19th-century French art, he has published Art and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century France: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau (Princeton, 2000) and Impressionist Children: Childhood, Family, and Modern Identity in French Art (Yale, 2010). Recent research has focused on artistic interactions between Europe and China in the 18th and 19th centuries, part of a long-term study of the Chinese palace of Yuanming Yuan. He has published two major articles on Yuanming Yuan and its looting (in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Autumn 2008; and in Art History, February 2009), along with other essays on landscape painting and ecology, Impressionism, and French and British engagement with Chinese culture. He is also the assistant editor of the 13-volume Wuming (No Name) Painting Catalogue, (Hong Kong University Press, 2010), which surveys the Wuming group of painters active in Beijing in the 1970s.

18th and 19th centuries Western art and architecture

artistic interactions between Europe and China in the 18th and 19th centuries

Selected Publications

“Yuanmingyuan on Display: Ornamental Aesthetics at the Musée Chinois,” in Collecting and Displaying China’s ‘Summer Palace’ in the West: The Yuanmingyuan in Britain and France, ed. Louise Tythacott (New York and London: Routledge, 2018), 149-167.

“Chinoiserie and Intercultural Dialogue at Brighton Pavilion,” in Qing Encounters: Artistic Exchanges between China and the West, ed. Petra ten-Doesschate Chu and Ning Ding (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2015), 232-247.

Impressionist Children: Childhood, Family, and Modern Identity in French Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010).

“Yuanming Yuan/Versailles: Intercultural Interactions between Chinese and European Palace Cultures,” Art History 32, no. 1 (February 2009), 115-143.

Art and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century France: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000).

Current Courses

FINE1001 Introduction to Western art history

FINE2031 Modern Western architecture

FINE3012 Cross-cultural interactions in the 19th century

Past Courses

FINE1006 Art and Society

FINE2026 The age of revolution: Art in Europe

FINE2027 The formation of modernity: Art in Europe, 1840-1890

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Reaching beyond HKU
Greg M. Thomas at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum – France’s Palace Museum: Displaying Power and Art in the Louvre