Art as Therapy

Art as Therapy


Alain de Botton and John Armstrong

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.

'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

Hardback  |  English  |  10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in 

240 pp  |  150 colour illustrations