Art As Therapy

by Alain De Botton, John Armstrong

Phaidon Press | October 14, 2013 | Hardcover |

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What is art''s purpose? In this engaging, lively, and controversial new book, bestselling philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful, relevant, and - above all else - therapeutic for their viewers. De Botton argues that certain great works offer clues on managing the tensions and confusions of everyday life. Chapters on Love, Nature, Money, and Politics outline how art can help with these common difficulties - for example, Vermeer''s Girl Reading a Letter helps us focus on what we want to be loved for; Serra''s Fernando Pessoa reminds us of the importance of dignity in suffering; and Manet''s Bunch of Asparagus teaches us how to preserve and value our long-term partners. Art as Therapy offers an unconventional perspective, demonstrating how art can guide us, console us, and help us better understand ourselves.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.27 × 10.63 × 0.79 in

Published: October 14, 2013

Publisher: Phaidon Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0714865915

ISBN - 13: 9780714865911

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Art As Therapy

Art As Therapy

by Alain De Botton, John Armstrong

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.27 × 10.63 × 0.79 in

Published: October 14, 2013

Publisher: Phaidon Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0714865915

ISBN - 13: 9780714865911

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What is art''s purpose? In this engaging, lively, and controversial new book, bestselling philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful, relevant, and - above all else - therapeutic for their viewers. De Botton argues that certain great works offer clues on managing the tensions and confusions of everyday life. Chapters on Love, Nature, Money, and Politics outline how art can help with these common difficulties - for example, Vermeer''s Girl Reading a Letter helps us focus on what we want to be loved for; Serra''s Fernando Pessoa reminds us of the importance of dignity in suffering; and Manet''s Bunch of Asparagus teaches us how to preserve and value our long-term partners. Art as Therapy offers an unconventional perspective, demonstrating how art can guide us, console us, and help us better understand ourselves.

About the Author

Alain de Botton is the bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and Religion for Atheists in addition to other works of fiction and essays. In 2008 he founded The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. His work has been reviewed in The Times, The Guardian, The Economist among many others and he has appeared on BBC Radio 4, Question Time and Newsnight. His popular TED talks have combined received over 3 million views. De Botton lives and works in London. John Armstrong is a philosopher and art theorist based at Melbourne University in Australia. He is the author of several books, including The Intimate Philosophy of Art, Conditions of Love and In Search of Civilisation.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the most intellectually exciting books I have read this year. . . full of illumination and insights. . . The four teenagers to whom I gave the book have all been thrilled by the sense that art isn't the preserve of high priests. Best of all, I took my student son to the Rijksmuseum and, utterly absorbed, he said he would never look at art the same way again. De Botton is throwing open a door and doing what art ought to do: making us think and feel afresh. I hope many people step through it." - The Times

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