12 Calming Seascapes

By Google Arts & Culture

Our brains are hardwired to react positively to water. Being near the sea has scientifically been shown to make us calmer, happier, and even healthier.

Perhaps this is why the sea has always been a popular subject for artists. As well as being an important cultural symbol, infused with myth and legend, it's also just nice to look at. Take a minute to enjoy these 12 calming, beautiful seascapes from art history... It's good for your health.

Seascape. View of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca (ca. 1905-10) by Antonio Muñoz DegrainMuseo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

1. Claude Monet's 'La maison du pêcheur, Varengeville', 1882

La maison du pêcheur, Varengeville (1882) by Claude MonetMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen

2. Jeong Seon's 'Fishing on Haengho Lake', 1676 - 1759

Fishing on Haengho Lake (1676/1759) by Jeong SeonKorea Data Agency

3. Rafael Martínez Padilla's 'Sea and Sky', 1907

Sea and Sky (1907) by Rafael Martínez PadillaFundación Banco Santander

4. William Stanley Haseltine's 'The Sea from Capri', 1875

The Sea from Capri (1875/1875) by William Stanley HaseltineHigh Museum of Art

5. Antonio Muñoz Degrain's 'Seascape. View of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca', ca. 1905

Seascape. View of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca (ca. 1905-10) by Antonio Muñoz DegrainMuseo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

6. Osvaldo Licini's 'Marine', 1957

Marine (1957) by Osvaldo LiciniGalleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino

7. J. M. W. Turner's 'Approach to Venice', 1844

Approach to Venice (1844) by Joseph Mallord William TurnerNational Gallery of Art, Washington DC

8. Kei Murayama's 'Sea in the morning', ca. 1970

Sea in the morning (1970's) by Kei MurayamaYugawara Art Museum

9. Gustav Klimt's 'On Lake Attersee', 1900

On Lake Attersee (1900) by Gustav KlimtLeopold Museum

10. Tom Roberts's 'Slumbering Sea, Mentone', 1887

Slumbering sea, Mentone (1887) by Tom RobertsNational Gallery of Victoria

11. Utagawa Hiroshige's 'The Shiomi Hills, Shirasuka', from the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Hoeido edition), ca. 1833

The Shiomi Hills, Shirasuka, from the series the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Hoeido edition) (ca.1833) by Utagawa HiroshigeNakagawa-machi bato hiroshige art of museum

Shirasuga, Shiomi-zaka zu (View of Shima Slope) (1833) by Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858)Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

12. Paul Signac's 'Port of Saint-Cast', 1890

Port of Saint-Cast (1890) by Paul SignacMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston

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On Lake Attersee (1900) by Gustav KlimtLeopold Museum

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