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John Berger was born in London in 1926. His acclaimed works of both fiction and non-fiction include the seminal Ways of Seeing and the novel G., which won the Booker Prize in 1972. In 1962 he left Britain permanently, and he now lives in a small village in the French Alps.
I read this book when I was studying my undergraduate degree in art, and frequently referred back to it after. Now, I use it as a teaching tool in my class. Read morePublished 21 months ago by P. A. Glatta
Berger isn't making artistic observations as much as social commentary. He gives not-so-subtle hints that he's basically a communist and talks about how European Art serves the... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by CJ in College Station
This book had some insights, but overall, I found myself quite disappointed by it. Dedicated to attacking the viewpoint of the privileged élite creators of high-art... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003 by Julian Elson
If you want your eyes and mind opened to beauty and meaning, try "The Nude" by Kenneth Clark. If you want a tedious specimen of what Harold Bloom calls "the school of resentment,"... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002 by David W. Stoesz
Berger et al have produced an interesting work. It isn't something you would need to just have around the house for fun though. Read morePublished on June 30 2002 by I. Rodden
What do we see when we look? What makes us look in the first place? This book from the 1970s is a classic about what makes art and what attracts the eye. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2002 by Bruce Appelbaum
thirty years on, 'Ways of Seeing' continues to be a major primary textbook, not just for those studying or interested in fine art, but in any of the humanities from literature to... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2001 by darragh o'donoghue
This little book is about the dialetics of seeing. In a highly distilled and sweeping fashion, this book touches on the many issues that one should know about when it comes to... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2001 by Ron