A painting made of different geometric shapes in pastel colors

Ruth Root, Untitled, 2003, Carnegie Museum of Art

Self-Care Sunday

It’s important to slow down and take time for self-care, and art can be the perfect entry to a moment of rest.

A sculpture depicts a woman seated with her knees drawn up. She is resting her elbows on her knees and her head on her forearms and her hair is in a bun.

Insight Meditation with Maillol

For my taste, sculpture should have as little movement as possible. It should not fall, and gesture, and grimace, and if one depicts movement, grimaces come too easily. Rodin himself remains quiet; he puts movement into his rendering of muscles, but the whole remains quiet and calm.

An abstract artwork depicts a dream-like collection of colors that meld and flow together creating a sense of texture on the canvas.

Empathy Meditation with Sam Gilliam’s Day Tripper

Being black is a very important point of tension and self-discovery. To have a sense of self-acceptance we blacks have to throw off this dichotomy that has been forced on us by the white experience. For some there is a need to do this frontally and objectively. There are some who believe there is no threat. I think there is a need to live universally.

A colorful abstract painting with long vertical lines stretching upwards and looping lines at the top of the work, evoking a grove of trees. 

Meditate with Mondrian

Vertical and horizontal lines are the expression of two opposing forces; they exist everywhere and dominate everything; their reciprocal action constitutes ‘life.’ I recognized that the equilibrium of any particular aspect of nature rests on the equivalence of its opposites.

A painting depicts four objects on a table. Each object is painted in a muted, pastel color, with some of them layered in front of others.

Meditate on Stillness with Giorgio Morandi

I am essentially a painter of the kind of still life composition that communicates a sense of tranquility and privacy, moods which I have always valued above all else.

Trees stand on uneven terrain in the foreground of this painting while the rooftops of a small village appear down the hill in the distance.

Visualizing Nature with Cézanne

For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.

An impressionistic painting depicts a cloudy sky and rolling waves crashing on a beach. A dark sailboat rides the waves in the distance.

Meditation on Sound and Breath

For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life—the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.

Celebrating Landscapes

Celebrate Nature with Beethoven and Beautiful Landscapes

What better way to practice self-care than by celebrating nature? Enjoy the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 paired with scenes of landscapes from our collection and from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and photographer Paul Selvaggio. Let this celebration of spring inspire you to enjoy some fresh air today, in whatever way you safely can.

A sculpture depicts a man walking with an elongated torso, arms, and legs. His arms are held at his side and he is leaning forward with one foot ahead of the other.

Meditative Motion with Giacometti’s Walking Man I

Once the object has been constructed, I have a tendency to rediscover in it, transformed and displaced, images, impressions, facts which have deeply moved me (often without my knowing it).

An oil painting on canvas featuring bright colors throughout the painting. The lower half of the painting features more vibrant colors while the top half features more muted pastels.

Guided Color Meditation Featuring Joan Mitchell’s Low Water

People will never understand what we are doing if they can’t feel… All art Is abstract. All music is abstract. But it’s all real.

An abstract painting with wide brush strokes in the upper two thirds and smaller, layered brush strokes in the lower third

A Moment of Rest on a Rainy Day

There are few things more relaxing than taking a moment to listen to the soothing sounds of rain. We invite you to enjoy a beautiful artwork accompanied by relaxing classical music.