Ways of Seeing Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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* Seeing enables an individual to relate to his environment. Words are used to explain the environment, but there is a gap between words and sight.

* Berger claims that Magritte's painting "The Key of Dreams" comments on this gap. The painting and Berger's explanation suggest that there is a gap between images one sees and words used to express their meaning.

* Images show a sight that is not presently available, but if they last longer than the sight they represent, they show how the sight once looked.

* A work of art mystifies one about the past. A viewer "sees" himself in the landscape he looks at. A viewer of art of the past situates himself in the time viewed.

* A work of art from the past can mystify the viewer since the viewer can only see the past from learned assumptions.

* Berger uses the metaphor of a lighthouse...

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