AA / Geneva / Timo Kirez
Viewing Claude Monet’s Water Lilies online in less than two minutes can increase subjective well-being, according to a very serious study from the University of Vienna published this Friday in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.
A group of 240 attendees viewed Monet’s painting, owned by London’s National Gallery, on smartphones, laptops and desktop computers at the Monet Water Lilies interactive art exhibition at the University of Vienna.
According to the results of the study, their mental state improved significantly after just a few minutes.
Researchers are still investigating whether digital visualization can be compared to a visit to a museum.
“It doesn’t mean we all have to stay at home now,” Mackenzie Troup, a researcher at the Department of Psychology at the University of Vienna, told Austrian public broadcaster ORF.
“This means that even people who can’t go to museums can enjoy art online,” added the Canadian psychologist.
Research has also shown that smartphones can reduce positive effects. According to Troup, larger screens may work better.
However, “more research is needed on this, but we have preliminary supporting evidence,” Troup added.
French painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) settled in the village of Giverny in the Île-de-France in April 1883, where he bought a house in 1890 and created the famous water lily pond.
The paintings created between 1914 and 1917 are based on the triad of blue, green and pink colors and are among the most famous works of Impressionism.
* Translated from English by Munir Benuri.