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John Berger wrote an article entitled Ways of Seeing In this article of his he imposes his opinion of works of art what constitutes a work of art He also talks about reproductions of art His perception of reproductions is that they pervert the original piece and that by reproduction the beauty and value of the piece is taken away that the piece is not the same because it does not represent anymore what the artist originally intended I do not agree with Berger I do not see reproductions of art to be perversions of the original and I also do not agree with his outline for a work of art Reproduction allows people to see something they might never have they allow the artist to gain more exposure whereas if there had been no reproduction only a handful of people might have seen it As to what a work of art is that is something I believe to be totally up to the observer What one may perceive to be beautiful an opinion perhaps brought on by personal experiences another may not see the same way A work of art I truly enjoy and respect is Salvador Dalis Table with Landscape The joy of the painting for me comes from the intricacies that Dali weaves into the painting The painting has many levels to it a succession of realizations occur if the painting is studied long enough When I first saw this painting I saw a cup on a table with a lot of scenery in the background I do not consider myself someone who appreciates art in any particular form so at first all I saw was a bland table with a cup on it When I looked closer however I began to see much more to the picture The neck of the cup seemed to be part of a face the mouth and nose of the face lying in the table
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