In John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing,” his use of artist jargon makes it difficult for the casual reader to comprehend a lot of the points he makes. A section that demonstrates this can be found in the first full paragraph on page 145. Berger uses phrases such as “compositional unity” and...
In his first essay of Ways of Seeing, John Berger claims that all power, authority, and meaning that was once held by an original work of art has been lost through the mass reproduction of these works that has occurred in recent years. He writes of an entirely bogus religiosity (116-117) that surrou
Ways Of Seeing – John Berger
As I started to read ‘Ways Of Seeing’ I absorb a greater understanding of how important paintings are in the light that they have a very special uniqueness. I didn’t realise how unique they were until I understood the outcome of the camera intercepting in the
In Chapter 3 of his book, “Ways of Seeing”, John Berger argues that in western nude art and present day media, that women are largely shown and treated as objects upon whom power is asserted by men either as figures in the canvas or as spectators. Berger’s purpose is to make readers aware of
Ways Of Seeing (Chapter 7)
In today’s world, marketers and advertisers are fighting for every spot they get to display their ads and market their products. The ultimate aim is to get as much exposure as possi
John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing”
John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” is an in depth look on art, the way people view it and the influences that traditional oil painting has had on society and modern day publicity. The beginning of the book goes into the issue of how people now look at art versus...
John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing”
John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” examines points of view in art through an in-depth analysis of artistic perspectives, how it is interpreted, and the impact of reproductions in today’s modern society. Berger’s explanation of reproductions and how art is...
Some people claim that a picture contains a thousand words. The same can be said for the sculptures displayed in the Great Hunger Collection. These sculptures capture every aspect of the brutality and pain these people experienced. The details alone are highly impressive. Out of all the sculptures,
Finding the Meaning of an Artwork
According to John Berger in his essay “Ways of Seeing” the way that a painting is viewed by some may already be distorted prior to analyzing it because we are not viewing the original piece. The information that comes from the silence of a painting is only
Looking at Pictures [Berger]
Original paintings are silent and still in a sense that information never is. Even a reproduction hung on the wall is not comparable in this respect for in the original the silence and stillness permeate the actual material, the paint, in which one follows
Seeing, what does it really mean? By definition, seeing is the sense or faculty of sight, or in other words, vision. But that’s not the same for everyone, and seeing is not as simple as light passing through the lens of your eye, being inverted and then recorded by your retina. When I think of s
While in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, I traveled through the different galleries
and their various cultures; discovering all sorts of arts from Contemporary art, to American art,
Japanese art, and even the Egyptian art where I could appreciate the complexity of mummies.
Throughout all these
In John Berger’s article, ’Ways of Seeing’, it explains European eighteenth century art and how it relates to many of todays cultural transitions. Before Berger begins explaining the art itself, he tells us about the cultural constructions that exist today. These cultural constructions are enf
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Seeing Comes First
One of the most important senses that we human have is the ability to see things. We see the image of the object first before the image is send to our brain and processes it. The essay “Ways of Seeing”, writte
John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” is a short commentary that seems to be about how different classes of people perceive art, how its meaning has changed through the ages, and how the introduction of technology has affected it. Berger seems to be an extremely controversial art critic, based off op
Pictures Don’t Always Paint a Thousand Words
John Berger makes a bold statement in saying “ No other relic or text from the past can offer such a direct testimony about the world which surrounded other people at other times. In this respect images are more precise and richer than
Berger's "Ways of Seeing" VS. My Own There are numerous ways to "see" a picture. One person's life can, and will affect the way in which they view the painting. I do not agree with Berger's way of thinking throughout "Ways of Seeing". I feel that his opinions are contradictory, and opposite of mine.
Ways of Seeing is a very thin book, with few words, yet it is an extremely influential book, and confronts several important aspects of art, unlike any other author. John Berger takes a general approach of Marxism and New Art History relating to social history in Ways of Seeing. He focuses less on t
Introduction to Media, Society, and the Arts
John Berger's Ways of Seeing Response
John Berger has shown how to take any image, whether it is a painting, an advertisement, or a picture, and dissect it into a branching, almost fractal, network of deeper meanings. He has don