The bathroom is a realm of water. It is obvious that art prints with an aquatic theme would play nicely in such space.
At first glance, wall art in the bathroom appears to be a quirky idea. However, especially in small interiors, framed prints could work as ‘windows’ optically expanding compact spaces.
So, what kind of art prints could we hang in the bathroom?
Bath like in Japan
The first piece that pops into mind is The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. The rogue wave printed in dramatic Prussian blue pigment, raising above fishing boats is the iconic image of ukiyo-e art.
However, there are a lot of Japanese art prints that would fit perfectly in a bathroom space. Not only the seascapes but also more intimate depictions of koi ponds, waterfalls and aquatic birds.
Impressionist and Post-impressionist artists loved the theme of people taking a bath. Outdoors? Think of Paul Cézanne Bathers or Pierre-Auguste Renoir Bathers Playing with a Crab. There is also Paul Gauguin with his Tahitian works.
Indoor bathers are the hook of Edgar Degas. And as always with Degas he was examining every aspect of ‘bath activity’: before, during and after, drying with a towel, combing hair, sponging, etc.
Appetite for blues
Shades of blue seem natural in bathroom space. One of the most beautiful blue paintings is Mary Cassatt’s The Boating Party, 1894. It has the whole palette from deep sapphire or navy to aquamarine.
On the other lighter side of the range are Skiffs, 1897 by Gustave Caillebotte. Excellent impression of a sunny day by the water with such a lightness of being we all crave sometimes…
Nostalgia and expression
There are more idyllic paintings from that period of art history. Claude Monet and Renoir sitting side by side painted the same exact spot called La Grenouillère in the outskirts of Paris.
If the bathroom needs something more gritty and expressive, The Sea by Jan Toorop seems natural choice. With his violent impasto technique, the Dutch artist created an outstanding image, almost abstract in nature.
A word of warning
The bathroom is a moist environment. So, before putting art prints on the walls we have to inspect if the level of humidity wouldn’t do too much harm to paper and frame.
It is always better to find a place as far as possible from the direct sources of moisture.