Would You Rather Look at a Van Gogh or a Simple Nature Photograph?
Research shows patients prefer viewing simple nature scenes even over the abstract art of masters like Van Gogh or Chagall. Growing evidence indicates that art really does impact healing. A recent study determined what kind of art patients prefer. Researchers conducted their study at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Texas. The facility has one of the country’s oldest Art-Cart Programs. The Art-Cart Program allows patients to select artwork from a rotating collection to hang in their own room. Dozens of patients at the hospital were asked to rate art based on how the art made them feel and whether the patient would like it hung in their hospital room.
This study was conducted by American Art Resources in conjunction with St.Lukes Episcopal Hospital.