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. 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.
Art Masterpieces to Calm Your Anxiety:
1. Claude Monet, Meules
Read more about Claude Monet’s Meules here.
2. Mark Rothko, Orange, Red, Yellow
Read about Mark Rotkho’s mystical world of abstraction here.
3. Wassily Kandinsky, Sky Blue
Read about Kandinsky and spirituality in his art here.
4. Henri Rousseau, The Snake Charmer
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.
5. Vincent van Gogh, Starry Night over the Rhône
We usually associate van Gogh’s works with his mental illness. Here you can read about his other painting also entitled The Starry Night.
6. Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Capturing the Moment
You can read more about this painting here.
7. Caspar David Friedrich, Moonrise over the Sea
Caspar David Friedrich was a master of disturbing Romanticism. Read more about him here.
8. Félix Vallotton, The Bath. Summer Evening
Here you can read more about Félix Vallotton’s favourite technique: woodcuts.
9. Frederick Edwin Church, El Rio de Luz (The River of Light)
Frederick Edwin Church was interested in optics, meteorology, botany, and ecology. Read more about it here.
10. Frederic Leighton, Flaming June
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?