This is probably the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to Chinese painting around, conveying much of the beauty, variety and richness of landscape, figure, bird and flower painting. It charts the course of painting in China from the prehistoric to the present. If there is anything one needs to discover about Chinese art then one can be almost certain to find it here. As a student studying Chinese art, it is an indispensible guide, and for more general readers it will provide an in-depth knowledge. It is a very accesible book, made even more so by the hundreds of magnificent colour images and a particularly readable narrative. Fantastic quality!