John Berger the Booker prize-winning author and well-known art critic has passed away at the age of 90.
Berger, a Marxist intellectual is best known for his pioneering 1972 book and subsequent BBC series, Ways of Seeing, broke a lot of barriers bringing political perspective to the world of art criticism, passed away at his home in the Paris suburb of Antony today after a year-long battle with an undisclosed illness.
Born in Stoke Newington, North London Berger’s father was a Hungarian émigré who was very much affected by the First World War, in which he served as an infantry officer and was awarded the Military Cross. His mother, Miriam, was once a suffragette and hailed from Bermondsey, south London.
Mr. Berger was a revolutionist and philanthropist giving half of his Booker award prize money for his novel G to the Black Panthers in order to draw attention to various unfair political issues.
Berger authored many other novels, pieces of poetry, screenplays, art criticism articles and many other books. He was a groundbreaker and loved the challenge of traditional interpretations of society and art and all of the connections in between.
His cause of death and funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.