Ways of Seeing

I came across this wonderful BBC documentary from 1972(!) that talks about what art is, and how to look at art in a pretty interesting way. It’s a good watch, unfortunately there are no legal ways to watch this if you’re not in the UK (as far as I know, please correct me if I’m wrong). There are some snippets available here that do give you a taste of the program, but it’s worth watching in full[1].

A still from Episode 1: Psychological Aspects

Some takeaways:

  • There is a difference between being nude, and being naked. Being nude is for somebody else to take a look at. Naked is just you being yourself. There is a wonderful segment in Episode 2 where panel of women talk about women in art.
  • There’s a bunch of really good observations in Episode 1, but what really stood out is how children could discern something from a painting that adults, busy analysing its deeper meanings, couldn’t.

[1] Cough. One site that may help.

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