This art blog is inspired by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong’s book “Art as Therapy“. The book introduces a new mindset in looking at art. It argues that we should use art as a form of therapy to improve our personal life experience, find answers to our questions, help us solve our problems. Art can help us to be good persons, and even push us to improve as a society.
With this approach, it does not matter whether you know much about the life of the artist, the philosophy behind the style or the historical background of the motive. You do not need a sign next to the painting, telling you what to think and feel. The important part is what you see in the artwork, what it makes you feel and how it can help you.
Alain de Botton introduces seven functions of art in the therapeutic sense: Continue reading “My blog’s concept: Art as Therapy”
You find yourself right at the edge of the fall. The water rushes past you in waves and twirls. The current is strong, tugging at you, ready to fall into the gorge. Continue reading “REBALANCING – your place in nature”
Hands raised against an unseen barrier, the figure stands before you – you would expect her to look at you but, eerily, there is no face left to do so. As if blown away, the shoulders end in ragged nothingness. Continue reading “SELF-UNDERSTANDING – a shadow of myself”
Temperatures dropped and snow flakes fall. Winter has arrived. The first snow, portrayed here by the Icelandic painter Jóhannes Kjarval, sets a determined end to the lingering warmth and bright colours of autumn. Continue reading “GROWTH – the first snow”
“Clouds are my only companions; Please forgive the mountain recluse for not greeting his guests.”
The inscription underlines the spirit of the painting. At times we need to withdraw from people and just be by ourselves to recharge and rebalance. Continue reading “REBALANCE – reading in peace”
It is autumn and the days are getting shorter. In winter I don’t mind the cold so much, but the darkness really gets to me. Therefore it is with a certain sadness and sorrow that I nowadays watch the sun disappearing and I see this sadness reflected in this painting. Continue reading “SORROW – the last sunbeam”
Sargent was one of the leading portrait painters of his time. His clients traveled far for their portraits and he painted many renowned personalities of his time. All the more surprised was I to find this beggar girl in a side room of the exhibition. Continue reading “REMEMBER – the marginalised”
Autumn is the time when the warmth dissipates and rains and winds sweep away the last traces of summer. Plants wither and trees start losing their leaves. Before they cast them off, though, they break out into a joyful array of bright colours. Their leaves take on all shades of yellow, orange and red – warm colours reminiscent of the lost warmth of summer. Continue reading “APPRECIATE – the colours of autumn”