The word “quiet” can conjure images of a natural landscape, absent of the hum of the city. It can bring up colors that feel peaceful and hushed. Quiet can refer to the way it feels to observe a work of art or the state of mind of an artist. It can be your choice of a certain palette that feels still or even silent. We can easily link the words “quiet” and “calm.” The projects in this section live in a quiet space, with moments of stillness and softness throughout.


Birch Tree, William Turner (Turner of Oxford), (1789–1862). Gouache on paper, nineteenth century. Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford, UK/Bridgeman ...

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