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Art can be many different things: a snobbery-builder; a boredom-killer. According to some studies, it may even extend your life. It can also simply make you feel better. Here are 10 art masterpieces to calm your anxiety.
We live in troubling times given the recent events from the past year. What we definitely should do now is to try to stay calm. Anxiety and panic won’t help anyone. Although, with the mass lockdowns it can be very difficult to stay calm. You can meditate, do yoga, cook. But, you can also contemplate art.
Here is a list of art masterpieces that can help you relax. Breath in, breath out, relax, focus, look at the painting and actually start to see it. Look at the details. Ask yourself questions: What do you see? What elements catch your eye first? Which colors? Do you see any patterns, any relations between the elements of the painting? What emotions do you feel while looking at this particular piece? Time is your friend here. Even if you don’t see or feel anything at the beginning give yourself time. Be patient. Try to unwind from and let yourself dive into the universe of the painting, even for seconds or minutes, if not for hours.
Read more about Claude Monet’s Meules here.
Read about Mark Rotkho’s mystical world of abstraction here.
Read about Kandinsky and spirituality in his art here.
Henri Rousseau might have never seen a real jungle, but it did not stop him from painting them. Read more about Rousseau’s jungles here.
We usually associate van Gogh’s works with his mental illness. Here you can read about his other painting also entitled The Starry Night.
You can read more about this painting here.
Caspar David Friedrich was a master of disturbing Romanticism. Read more about him here.
Here you can read more about Félix Vallotton’s favourite technique: woodcuts.
Frederick Edwin Church was interested in optics, meteorology, botany, and ecology. Read more about it here.
Stunning, isn’t it? Read about this amazing painting and it’s story here.
That is our list of the masterpieces that may calm your anxiety. Do you have your own?
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