12 Calming Seascapes

There's nothing more de-stressing than beautiful paintings of the sea

It's a scientific fact that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water. Being near the sea has 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.

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

2. Jeong Seon's 'Roaring Waves on the Sea', 1676 - 1759

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

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

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

6. Osvaldo Licini's 'Marine', 1957

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Words by Léonie Shinn-Morris
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