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John Berger

John Berger definition of mystification through Hal’s painting In John Berger’s reading, he states that “Mystification is the process of explaining away what might otherwise be evident” (pg 103). To my understanding, Berger is saying that mystification is a way of what we think may be clear to our understanding of something. It seem as though Berger express mystification in ways that one may not grasp something clearly even though it may seem to be evident. By expressing this, Berger used the passage ...

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John Berger

middle Ages when men believed in a physical existence in Hell, the sight of fire must have meant something different from what it means today" (106). I get from this that what he is saying is somewhat hypocritical of what he notes later in the article. Berger later states that part of the image is lost by its replication, "Having seen this reproduction (Virgin of the Rocks), one can go to the National Gallery to look at the original and there discover what the reproduction lacks" (116), the only thing...

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Through the Eyes of John Berger

our own way of seeing” (Berger 142). In other words, Berger is saying if ten people look at the same piece of art each interpretation is going to be just as unique and different as the person looking at it. Based on one’s knowledge of the artist, time period, and the painting itself gives a whole different perspective than someone who doesn’t know any of the history. Also different life experiences can change the way a person can relate a painting to themselves. John Berger is known as one of Europe’s...

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John Berger, Ways of Seeing

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 truly experienced when looking at the original work rather than a reproduction of it. The original work speaks to you in a way that a reproduction is not able to. Berger says this clearly when he states: ...

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John Berger Seeing Comes First

2010 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”, written by John Berger took art as an example, to show the way how modern people view art and the influences that traditional oil painting has had on society and modern day society. The way people now a day perceives an art image is different than the way it was seen...

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Berger vs Foucault

Bryan Washington Professor H. Alvarez English 1A 17 March 2013 Essay #2 “Both John Berger in “Ways of Seeing” and Michel Foucault in “Panopticism” discuss what Foucault calls “power relations.” Berger claims that “the entire art of the past has now become a political issue,” and he makes a case for the evolution of “ new language of images” which could “confer a new kind of power” if people were to understand history in art. Foucault argues that the Panopticon signals an “inspired” change in...

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John Berger's "Ways of Seeing" Summary & Commentary

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 opinions of him that range from “stimulating” to “preposterous”. He has been praised numerous times, yet condemned just as much. His writings can seem extremely complex and difficult, even cryptic at times; but...

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Ways of Seeing

oil paintings of the 18th century to the publicity images of the 21st century. This comparison with the previous century oil paintings and human behavioural response to publicity are the two main highlights of John Berger’s thought provoking write up in ‘Ways of Seeing’. John Berger began his professional career as an artist. An art student from the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Art, he took up teaching- drawing and painting. His profession as an art critic, novelist, essayist...

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Chapter 3 Summary, Ways of Seeing

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 how the perception of women in the art so that they will recognize the evolution of western cultured art. Berger begins by claiming that in nude art the “presence” of a man is that of an actor who asserts...

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The Language of Publicity

Expressed in different forms, the nature of art is everywhere, including publicity. Publicity provides culture with images that convey meaning and messages. Images are the strongest, most powerful aspect publicity holds. In Ways of Seeing, John Berger identifies the relationship between two media images, modern day publicity and the language of traditional oil painting. These images intend to demonstrate reality to the spectator but not a reality of the common life, a socially constructed reality...

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