This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Ways Of Seeing By John Berger

1581 words - 6 pages

The second visual essay in John Berger's “Ways of Seeing” is a showcase of images that depict the wealth and values of the upper class, and the productions of oil painting in the 16th,17th, and 18th century. The images in the second visual essay suggest that the subject matter of the paintings is dictated by the patron, and the values of the dominating upper class . I will investigate the following images more specifically in relation to this argument: “Still Life (The Butchers Counter) by Francisco Goya (18th Century)” , “Love Seducing Innocence, Pleasure Leading Her On, and Remorse Following” by Pierre Paul Prud'han (18th Century), and “Emmanuel Filbert of Savoy by Anthony Van Dyck (17th Century). My argument will be supported by Berger in the following chapter of the visual essay. The images in the second visual essay are controlled by the values and their production is influenced by the upper class, and this control leads to the specific, material subject matter depicted in traditional oil painting.

The upper class controls the commissioning of and funding for oil paintings, in particular the select three from Berger's fourth chapter in his essay “The Ways of Seeing”. The three oil paintings “Still Life (The Butchers Counter) by Francisco Goya (18th Century)” , “Love Seducing Innocence, Pleasure Leading Her On, Remorse Following” by Pierre Paul Prud'han (18th Century) , and “Emmanuel Filbert of Savoy by Anthony Van Dyck (17th Century) are three of the images that were included in one of Berger's visual essays. All of the three artworks are examples of upper class commission and funding for oil paintings. When discussing the oil paintings from the visual essay, Berger uses information from Levi Strauss to explain the funding for some of the traditional oil paintings, stating that “Renaissance painting was possible because of the fortune in France from the wealthy” . It is important to consider where the money is coming from for the commission of the oil paintings, because the commissioner can influence the how the painting is made. If Renaissance painting was possible because of the wealthy, according to Strauss, then the upper, wealthy class had a direct influence on the production of oil paintings and its tradition . The wealthy would have been in control of how and what was produced and purchased. For example, “Love Seducing Innocence, Pleasure Leading Her On, Remorse Following” by Pierre Paul Prud'han was a commissioned piece by Empress Josephine , a wealthy royal who commissioned a mythological piece that would be highly esteemed according to oil painting tradition. “Emmanuel Filbert of Savoy” by Van Dyck is a traditional oil painting commissioned by the wealthy Viceroy of Italy, Filbert himself. The wealthy upper class would control the subject matter and the production of the piece because they had the money to do so.

The oil paintings that were collected and commissioned reflected items that the owner has or wants,...

Find Another Essay On Ways of Seeing by John Berger

Outlook on Paintings and Art in John Berger's Ways of Seeing

596 words - 2 pages Ways of Seeing by John Berger was originally a television series on BBC that later was made into a book of the same name. It focuses on how we view and interpret art. More specifically, in the first episode, it focuses on paintings and how different one can interpret the specific painting based on many circumstances. The way our outlook on paintings and art changes depending on many things; one of them being where and how we look and see a

An Analysis Of John Berger

1255 words - 5 pages the reader feel what the author is thinking, not just see it as you would in a painting. This can be proven after reading Berger ‘s descriptions of paintings in Ways of Seeing and also reading parts of literature written by W.E.B Dubois.      When a reader reads literature it is easy to feel what the author is writing about . An author’s job is to show the reader his point of view. He does this by

Art as manipulation in Berger's "Ways of Seeing"

1155 words - 5 pages Art as manipulation in Berger's "Ways of Seeing""To see only what is there is to be as blind as the night."Annalyn Joie Tran"Ways of Seeing" closely analyses the way we think about art. Indeed, perspectives on aesthetic production have a history, as John Berger states in the following phrases: "Today we see the art of the past as nobody saw it before. We actually perceive it in a different way." "Seeing comes before words," that is to say, the

Thinking Outside the Box in "Ways of Seeing"

707 words - 3 pages paintings. If a person is unwilling to think "outside the box" it can cause a lack of appreciation for certain things in life such as art. Spontaneity can help in many ways to break the barriers of vision. This spontaneity can cause a person to find their own unique way of observing something new. Learning about things of the past can also break the barrier of history because this can cause greater respect for objects and lifestyle of the past. Work Cited Berger, John. "Ways of Seeing." Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers ed. Barthalome, David, and Anthony Petrosky. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin's 2002.

Using Berger's "Ways of Seeing," to analyze George Inness's "Lake Trasimero."

895 words - 4 pages Our group some how found ourselves in the scenery and landscape art when trying to fulfill this assignment. Drawn to George Inness's painting "Lake Trasimero," we found it to be full of content that Berger discusses in Ways of Seeing. In "Lake Trasimero," the first glance thought is it's just a painting of nice scenery but take a second look and the painting reveals a vast amount of hidden details, but only upon ponderous thought will a viewer

Ways of Seeing

998 words - 4 pages I go to. There are some exhibits that I want to see. There are others that I do not. Invariably, the exhibits I want to see are closed, and the ones that I don't care about are open. The thing I enjoyed most and related most with in the first essay is the comment by Cezanne, "A minute in the world's life passes! To paint it in its reality, and forget everything for that! To become that minute, to be the sensitive plates... give the image of

A Bruised Self Image: An Analysis of Conflict in John Keats' "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles"

1519 words - 6 pages John Keats' "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles" is a sonnet written upon visiting the British Museum, subsequent to the country's purchase of marble statues that had originally been part of the Parthenon in Athens. The poem contains a web of underlying tensions and conflicts that are evident in both the words and imagery of the poem. However, unlike other sonnets in which conflict is often resolved by the end, this sonnet leaves a lasting feeling of

"Seeing A Color Blind Race: The Paradox Of Race" By Patricia Williams

2524 words - 11 pages race into situations where it need not be of issue'? In relation, the John DuPont murder case was brought to light existing as a counter example to the O. J. case, which raised the issue of racial representation.Is it any less absurd to think of O. J. Simpson as representative of the morals of all black people than to judge all white people by the murderous belligerence of a John DuPont?How much blame can be sliced from the pie and fairly dealt to

Ways of Dying by Zakes Mda

1367 words - 6 pages South Africa. This essay has been able to analyse the theoretical elements of the novel and has given a thorough textual analysis of the novel. It has been able to critically analyse the aspects of the novel. BIBLIOGRAPHY Hill, Lisa. “Ways of Dying, by Zakes Mda”. ANZ Lit Lovers LitBlog. [ONLINE] Available at: anzlitlovers.com2013/08/04/ways-of-dying-by-zakes-mda/. (Busisiwe Magocoba) Van Wyk, J, 1997. Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda's novel of

The ways in which the names of the following characters illuminate their roles in the text: John, Roy, Gabriel, Elizabeth, and Elisha in the novel "Go Tell It On The Mountain" by Ernest Gaines

1213 words - 5 pages , Elizabeth, Roy, and Elisha all are some form of biblical allusion. John, Elisha, Elizabeth, and Gabriel are all names of profound people in the Living Word. The name Roy has its own significance to the Holy Bible, a significance which has to do will hope and a great ministry.John turns 14 on the morning the story begins. Both attracted and repulsed by the church, his father, and everything his father represents, John is anguished and deeply confused

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens

1770 words - 7 pages Thirteen Ways of Understanding Reality"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" is about many things and nothing in particular. There is no common thread in it (aside from the blackbirds, which only serve as a common symbol for different things); the poem is chaotic, like nature itself. The main focuses in the poem are imagination, nature, and mainly reality, which are facets of existence that no doubt weighed heavily on Wallace Stevens' mind

Similar Essays

Ways Of Seeing By John Berger

1062 words - 4 pages In the book “Ways of Seeing,” John Berger explains several essential aspects of art through influence of the Marxism and art history that relates to social history and the sense of sight. Berger examines the dominance of ideologies in the history of traditional art and reflects on the history, class, and ideology as a field of cultural discourse, cultural consumption and cultural practice. Berger argues, “Realism is a powerful link to ownership

John Berger: Ways Of Seeing Essay

1767 words - 7 pages SEE English 110 John Berger is an art critic who sees art differently from anyone else in his field of work. In the essay "Ways of Seeing" Berger has started "a process of questioning" based on perception. Berger's beliefs can be rooted from his Marxists background, which is formed of the premise that everything is for everyone. This questioning conceptualized on the idea that our civilization alters the way we see, view

Way Of Seeing, By John Berger And Susan Bordo’s Beauty (Re)Discover The Male Body

1224 words - 5 pages that contribute to our learning assumptions. Bordo’s eligibility to write on such a piece is well rounded. She is a philosopher with a background in the study of culture, and representations of the body. In brief, this allowed her argument to move smoothly. In John Berger essay “Ways of Seeing”, he presents a problem that learning assumptions affect the way people perceive images through art. He expresses how art is being taken out its original

How We Learn In John Berger's Ways Of Seeing

1039 words - 5 pages three that woman were portrayed in art since the beginning and how it transcends to modern times. His main points surround the portrayal of woman throughout the ages and what effects it has had on our view of women not only paintings, but as humans in society. The ideas of women are contradictory because it is facilitated by men and the way they see women. Berger talks about this concept, and much more in chapter three of Ways of Seeing. Even today