“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”—Pablo Picasso

It doesn’t take long to notice when artwork has a calming effect. Some color palettes are naturally calming—think blues and grays. In addition, the repetition of marks, composition, subject matter, and other details of a painting impact whether or not it leaves the viewer with a sense of tranquility.

The works of art in this chapter share a similar peaceful feel. The compositions are quiet, the color palettes are tranquil in tone, and they feel organized and calm.


The Iles d’Or (The Iles d’Hyeres, Var). Henri-Edmond Cross, French (1856–1910). Oil on canvas, c. ...

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