Art as Therapy


A new title from bestselling philosopher and essayist Alain de Botton, in collaboration with philosophical art historian John Armstrong, which asks the question ‘what is art for?’


Alain de Botton and John Armstrong


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About the book
A new title from bestselling philosopher and essayist Alain de Botton, in collaboration with philosophical art historian John Armstrong, which asks the question ‘what is art for?’.

Engaging and lively, and not a little controversial, Art as Therapy is packed with 150 examples of outstanding art, architecture and design, while chapters on Love, Nature, Money and Politics show how art can help with many common difficulties, from forging good relationships, finding happiness, to coming to terms with mortality.

This book seeks to help us develop a deeper understanding of art and of ourselves in equal measure, providing fascinating reading for those who are familiar with art as well as those who are new to the subject.



In The Press
'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



About the author(s)
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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