Alain de Botton on Art for Mental Health's Sake

Alain de Botton

He's already shown "How Proust Can Change Your Life" and written about "The Architecture of Happiness" -- now, Alain de Botton, writer, philosopher, founder of London's The School of Life, and co-author, with art historian John Armstrong, of Art as Therapy (Phaidon, 2013), turns to fine art and specific works that can make us better people and how museums can help.

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Johannes Vermeer (1632–75), Woman in Blue Reading, c.1663; Oil on canvas, 46.5 x 39 cm (185/16 x 153/8 inches), Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Johannes Vermeer (1632–75), Woman in Blue Reading, c.1663; Oil on canvas, 46.5 x 39 cm (185/16 x 153/8 inches), Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam ( Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, Phaidon 2013 )
Édouard Manet (1832–83), Bunch of Asparagus, 1880; oil on canvas, 46 x 55 cm (18 x 215/8 inches) Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne
Édouard Manet (1832–83), Bunch of Asparagus, 1880; oil on canvas, 46 x 55 cm (18 x 215/8 inches) Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne ( Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, Phaidon 2013 )
Bernd Becher (1931–2007) and Hilla Becher (1934–), Water Towers, 1980; nine gelatin silver prints, approximately 156 x 125 cm (611/4 x 491/4 inches), Sonnabend Gallery, New York picture credit: © Bern
Bernd Becher (1931–2007) and Hilla Becher (1934–), Water Towers, 1980; nine gelatin silver prints, approximately 156 x 125 cm (611/4 x 491/4 inches), Sonnabend Gallery, New York picture credit: © Bern ( Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, Phaidon 2013 )
Claude Monet (1840–1926), The Water-Lily Pond, 1899; oil on canvas, 88.3 x 93.1 cm  (343/4 x 362/3 inches) National Gallery, London
Claude Monet (1840–1926), The Water-Lily Pond, 1899; oil on canvas, 88.3 x 93.1 cm (343/4 x 362/3 inches) National Gallery, London ( Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, Phaidon 2013 )
Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, Phaidon 2013
Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, Phaidon 2013
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