Meditation on Blue

“Artists are part of the information process... Visual history is important in providing a record of what is going on - levels of intention, levels of confidence, levels of aggression or control.”

Leon Golub
A paining with carious shades of blue obscuring a humanoid figure.
Leon Golub, Blue Sphinx, 1988, Carnegie Museum of Art,
Tillie and Alexander C. Speyer Fund for Contemporary Art and A. W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund

Reflect on the different shades of the color blue in Leon Golub’s Blue Sphinx with a guided meditation created by certified yoga instructor Lydia Kilian. Reflect on how blue makes you feel and consider why the artist chose blue in this work.

Step-by-Step Meditation

Listen to Meditation on Blue:


  1. Take a few moments to look at this work.
  2. Reflect on the different shades of the color blue in this painting. How does the color blue make you feel? Often times, blue is associated with feelings of calm and serenity.
  3. Consider why the artist chose the color blue in this work. What might the color communicate to the viewer?
  4. Close your eyes and visualize a shade of blue that represents calming and relaxation.
  5. Take a deep breath in and imagine you are filling up with this shade of blue. Exhale and imagine this color moving out into the space around you.
  6. Breathe like this, in and out, as you visualize this calming color blue soothing your body and mind.
  7. Continue with this visualization for as long as you like to find greater calm and relaxation.

This work is on view in Scaife Gallery 15


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