Art as Therapy (F A GENERAL) Hardcover – 14 Oct. 2013
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"A highly optimistic vision... Roams widely through subjects as immense as love, nature, money and politics. De Botton and Armstrong's examination of love is most rewarding."―Royal Academy of Arts
"Asking the questions that always swirl through your mind when striding around Tate Modern [...] Art as Therapy [...] massages the mind in all the right places."―Vanity Fair on Art
"...Like going back to college, but in a good way... A little bit like dipping in to a modern day Gombrich albeit through the eyes of Oprah... A really entertaining and thought-provoking look at the role that art plays – or could play – in our lives. [...] Part philosophy, part art history, the book takes work that is considered by many to be lofty and rarified, and relates it to our everyday lives. [Art as Therapy] makes the reader consider the work far more intensely and deeply than perhaps we otherwise would."―A Little Bird
"A true meditation on the power art has to transform our lives."―The Mayfair Magazine⪦
"The beautifully designed and illustrated book, Art as Therapy argues for a new way of using art to help us with a variety of psychological ills."―The School of Life
"A cultural cure for what ails you."―Elle
About the Author
Alain de Botton (b.1969) is the author of bestselling books in more than 30 countries, including The Consolations of Philosophy, How Proust Can Change Your Life, Status Anxiety, and, most recently, Religion for Atheists. He founded The School of Life in London in 2008, which supplies good ideas for everyday life in the form of courses, classes, workshops and talks. In 2009 he founded Living Architecture, which aims to make high-quality architecture accessible to everyone.
John Armstrong (b.1966) 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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that I could and should read Proust's A la Recherche and so I did thus creating a momentous event in my life.
(Read it and see for yourself). Art as Therapy is a book to cherish, you can't really read it in one sitting or
call it quits on the last page. It is a handbook, a guide to teaching you over a long period of time how to look
at and utilize the works of art in our world. Alain helps to demystify the world, at least he has for me! Simple
language wtih a pervasive pleasantness.
Top international reviews
The only thing is that I would have liked to also find it as a pocket version. Since I prefer to read hard copies, and keep them always in bag. Other than that, Alain De Button, is as charming, sensitive as usual. A true insight into facing our lives with a more colorful perspective.
Excellent reference book. Art reproductions are high quality photos.
Very helpful comments on how to appreciate and view art.
I can recommend this to artists, art historians and anyone who just loves to look at art.
I saw it and just had to have it.