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Renowned English art critic John Berger passes away

Berger constantly and provocatively challenged traditional interpretations of art and society and the connections between the two. His book, Ways of Seeing, had a considerable effect on how visual art was appreciated.

Jan 4, 2017 12:54 IST
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John Berger, the Booker-prize-winning novelist, passed away on 2 January 2017 in Paris, France. He was 90.

Berger constantly and provocatively challenged traditional interpretations of art and society and the connections between the two. His book, Ways of Seeing, had a considerable effect on how visual art was appreciated.

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About John Berger

  • John Peter Berger began his career as a painter.
  • In the late 1940s, he exhibited work at a number of London galleries. His art were exhibited at the Wildenstein, Redfern and Leicester Galleries in London.
  • Meanwhile, he also became an art critic and published many essays and reviews in the New Statesman.
  • His ideology was Marxist humanism and he held strongly-stated opinions on modern art.
  • He titled an early collection of essays as Permanent Red.
  • In 1958, he published his first novel titled A Painter of Our Time.
  • In 1972, he won the Booker Prize for his novel titled G., a picaresque romance set in Europe in 1898.
  • In 1972, the BBC broadcast his television series Ways of Seeing.
  • His novel From A to X was long listed for the 2008 Booker Prize.
  • In 2009, he won the Golden PEN Award for "a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature".

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