Selected Essays of John Berger

ISBN-10: 0375713182

ISBN-13: 9780375713187

Edition: 2003

Authors: John Berger

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The writing career of John Berger–poet, storyteller, playwright, and essayist–has yielded some of the most original and compelling examinations of art and life of the past half century. In this essential volume, Geoff Dyer has brought together a rich selection of many of Berger’s seminal essays. Berger’s insights make it impossible to look at a painting, watch a film, or even visit a zoo in quite the same way again. The vast range of subjects he addresses, the lean beauty of his prose, and the keenness of his anger against injustice move us to view the world with a new lens of awareness. Whether he is discussing the singleminded intensity of Picasso’s Guernica, the parallel violence and alienation in the art of Francis Bacon and Walt Disney, or the enigmatic silence of his own mother, what binds these pieces throughout is the depth and fury of Berger’s passion, challenging us to participate, to protest, and above all, to see.
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

John Berger was born in London in 1926. Berger was educated at St Edward's School, an independent school for boys in Oxford. Berger served in the British Army from 1944 to 1946; he then enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Art in London. Berger began his career as a painter and exhibited work at a number of London galleries in the late 1940s. Berger became an art critic, publishing many essays and reviews in the New Statesman from 1948 - 1955. He titled an early collection of essays Permanent Red, in part as a statement of political commitment. In 1958 Berger published his first novel, A Painter of Our Time, which tells the story of the disappearance of Janos Lavin, a fictional exiled Hungarian painter, and his diary's discovery by an art critic friend called John. His novel G. won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Booker Prize in 1972. In the 1970s Berger collaborated with the Swiss director Alain Tanner on several films; he wrote or co-wrote La Salamandre (1971), The Middle of the World (1974) and Jonah who will be 25 in the year 2000 (1976). He is well known for his novels & stories as well as for his works of nonfiction, including several volumes of art criticism. His works include Hold Everything Dear, From A to X, Why Look at Animals?, Cataract (with Sel�uk Demirel) and Bento's Sketchbook.

Editor's Introduction
From Permanent Red(1960) (US title Toward Reality)
Preface to the 1979 Edition
Introduction Drawing Jackson Pollock Henry Moore Juan Gris Jacques Lipchitz Ossip Zadkine Fernand L�ger Pablo Picasso Henri Matisse Oskar Kokoschka
The Clarity of the Renaissance
The Calculations of Piero Poussin's Order Watteau as the Painter of His Time
The Honesty of Goya
The Dilemma of the Romantics Millet and Labour
The Politics of Courbet Gauguin's Crime
From The Moment of Cubism(1969)
The Moment of Cubism
The Historical Function of the Museum
The Changing View of Man in the Portrait Art and Property
Now Image of Imperialism Nude in a Fur Coat: Rubens
The Painter in His Studio: Vermeer Et in Arcadia Ego: Poussin The Maja
Dressedand The Maja Undressed: Goya Mathias Gr�newald L. S. Lowry 138
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Alberto Giacometti Pierre Bonnard Frans Hals Auguste Rodin
From The Look of Things(1972)
Peter Peri Zadkine Le
Corbusier Victor Serge Walter
Benjamin Drawings
Thicker than Water (Corot) Painting a Landscape
Understanding a Photograph
The Political Uses of Photo-Montage
The Sight of a Man Revolutionary
Undoing Past Seen from a Possible Future
The Nature of Mass Demonstrations
The Booker Prize Speech Speech on Accepting the Booker Prize for Fiction (1972)
From About Looking(1980)
Why Look at Animals?
The Suit and the Photograph Photographs of Agony Paul
Strand Uses of Photography
The Primitive and the Professional
Millet and the Peasant Seker Ahmet and the Forest La Tour and Humanism Francis Bacon and Walt Disney
An Article of Faith Between Two Colmars Courbet and the Jura
Turner and the Barber's Shop
Rouault and the Suburbs of Paris Magritte and the Impossible
Romaine Lorquet Field
From The White Bird(1985)
(US title The Sense of Sight)
The White Bird
The Storyteller
The Eaters and the Eaten On the Bosphorus
The Theatre of Indifference Modigliani's Alphabet of Love
The Hals Mystery In a Moscow
Cemetery Ernst Fischer: A Philosopher and Death Fran�ois, Georges and Am�lie: A Requiem in Three Parts Drawn to That Moment
The Eyes of Claude Monet
The Workof Art Mayakovsky: His Language and His Death [with Anya Bostock]
The Hour of Poetry Leopardi
The Production of the World Ulysses
The First and Last Recipe: Ulysses(1991)
From Keeping a Rendezvous(1992)
Note to the Reader Ev'ry Time
We Say Goodbye That Which Is Held A Load of Shit Mother A Story for Aesop
The Ideal Palace Imagine Paris
A Kind of Sharing Christ of the Peasants
A Professional Secret Ape Theatre
The Opposite of Naked
A Household Drawing on Paper Erogenous Zone
The Soul and the Operator
The Third Week of August, 1991
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