Portraits

Portraits:John Berger on Artists

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New edition: A Personal History of Art from the author of Ways of Seeing

John Berger, one of the world’s most celebrated storytellers and writers on art, tells a personal history of art from the prehistoric paintings of the Chauvet caves to 21st century conceptual artists. Berger presents entirely new ways of thinking about artists both canonized and obscure, from Rembrandt to Henry Moore, Jackson Pollock to Picasso. Throughout, Berger maintains the essential connection between politics, art and the wider study of culture. The result is an illuminating walk through many centuries of visual culture, from one of the contemporary world’s most incisive critical voices.

Reviews

  • John Berger’s “Portraits” is among the greatest books on art I’ve ever read.

    Zadie SmithNew York Times
  • A volume whose breadth and depth bring it close to a definitive self-portrait of one of Britain’s most original thinkers

    Financial Times
  • Perhaps the greatest living writer on art … reminds us just how insufficient most art commentary is these days … an indispensible guide to understanding art from cave painting to today’s experimenters.

    Spectator [Books of the Year]