“Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.”
Berger’s cultural commentary in Ways of Seeing acts as one of the founding texts in the canon of visual culture and is sure to fundamentally change the way you immerse yourself in the world of art and images.
Based on the BBC television series, Berger’s Ways of Seeing is a unique and visionary look at the way we view art, published as part of the Penguin on Design series in Penguin Modern Classics.
“But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”
Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language and is an indispensable text for those interested in developments in art history from the 20th century onwards.
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