By John Berger
With this provocative and infinitely relocating selection of essays, a preeminent critic of our time responds to the profound questions posed by means of the visible international. For while John Berger writes approximately Cubism, he writes not just of Braque, Léger, Picasso, and Gris, yet of that tremendous second early during this century while the realm converged round a marvelouis feel of promise. while he seems on the Modigiliani, he sees a man's limitless love revealed in the elongated traces of the painted figure.
Ranging from the Renaissance to the conflagration of Hiroshima; from the Bosphorus to ny; from the woodcarvers of a French village to Goya, Dürer, and Van Gogh; and from inner most studies of affection and of loss to the key political upheavals of our time, The feel of Sight encourages us to work out with an identical breadth, braveness, and ethical engagement that its writer does.
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