Art as Therapy 1

by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong

Hardback Publication Date: 01/10/2013

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Two authorities on popular culture reveal the ways in which art can enhance mood and enrich lives

This passionate, thought-provoking, often funny, and always-accessible book proposes a new way of looking at art, suggesting that it can be useful, relevant, and therapeutic.

Through practical examples, the world-renowned authors argue that certain great works of art have clues as to how to manage the tensions and confusions of modern life.

Chapters on love, nature, money, and politics show how art can help with many common difficulties, from forging good relationships to coming to terms with mortality.

Theory of art
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Phaidon Press Ltd
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United Kingdom
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Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a "philosophy of everyday life." He has written about love, travel, architecture, and literature.

His books have been bestsellers in thirty countries. De Botton also started and helps to run a London- based school called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.

John Armstrong

John Armstrong is a British philosopher and art historian based at Melbourne University.

He is the author of five well‐received books, including The Intimate Philosophy of Art, Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy, and In Search of Civilisation: Remaking a Tarnished Idea.

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  • Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton is a beautiful gift for any art lover.

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    Alain de Botton is best known for his works of Non Fiction like Consolations of Philosophy and Status Anxiety.

    This book is very different from what he has previously done. It takes the form of a coffee table book where he proposes a new way of looking at art, which any art historian or student will appreciate.

    He takes well known pieces of art and explains how we can use them to manage the things that life throws at us. Problems such as love, politics and depression. It is part art history, part philosophy, frequently hilarious and a really thought provoking and beautiful book. Turning art history on its head and the whole pomposity of art, this is a very accessible and absorbing work about the nature of making art relevant and more approachable for all.