About Looking by John Berger

By John Berger

As a novelist, paintings critic, and cultural historian, John Berger is a author of stunning eloquence and arresting perception whose paintings quantities to a refined, robust critique of the canons of our civilization. In approximately having a look he explores our position as observers to bare new layers of that means in what we see. How do the animals we glance at in zoos remind usa courting among guy and beast all yet misplaced within the 20th century? what's it approximately taking a look at conflict images that doubles their already effective violence? How do the nudes of Rodin betray the threats to his authority and efficiency posed by way of clay and flesh? and the way does solitude tell the artwork of Giacometti? In asking those and different questions, Berger quietly -- yet essentially -- alters the imaginative and prescient of somebody who reads his paintings.

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