John Berger's Classic Text on Art John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures." By now he has. "Berger has the ability to cut right through the mystification of the professional art critics . . . He is a liberator of images: and once we have allowed the paintings to work on us directly, we are in a much better position to make a meaningful evaluation" - Peter Fuller, Arts Review "The influence of the series and the book . . . was enormous . . . It opened up for general attention to areas of cultural study that are now commonplace" - Geoff Dyer in Ways of Telling Winner of the 1972 Booker Prize for his novel, G ., John Peter Berger (born November 5th, 1926) is an art critic, painter and author of many novels including A Painter of Our Time , From A to X and Bento's Sketchbook.
John Berger, geb. 1926 in London, gest. am 2. Januar 2017.Er absolvierte ein Kunststudium und war dann Zeichenlehrer und Maler mit mehreren erfolgreichen Ausstellungen. In den fünfziger Jahren beteiligte er sich an der internationalen Kampagne "Artists for Peace". Seine Kunstkritiken erschienen in zahlreichen Zeitschriften. Außerdem arbeitete er für das Fernsehen und schrieb Drehbücher. 1989 erhielt Berger den Österreichischen Staatspreis für Publizistik. Für sein Werk erhielt John Berger 1991 den Petrarca-Preis.