Greg Thomas is a Professor of art history at The University of Hong Kong. After obtaining his Ph.D. from Harvard University, he taught at Purdue University in the United States before moving to HKU in 1999. A specialist in 19th-century French painting, he has published Art and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century France: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau (Princeton University Press, 2000) and Impressionist Children: Childhood, Family, and Modern Identity in French Art (Yale University Press, 2010). Recent research and writing has focused on European interactions with China and Chinese culture in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially at the palace of Yuanming Yuan. He teaches courses on European art of the 18th and 19th centuries, modern western architecture, and intercultural interactions, as well as an introductory survey of western art. Having studied piano and cello as a child, he continues to enjoy playing the piano and thinking about parallels between visual art and music.