Harmony in Art

what is harmony in art?

Harmony is created when art elements are utilized in such a way that they complement or relate to one another.

harmony versus unity

Harmony refers to elements arranged in relation to one another that make the composition well-balanced. Unity refers to the holistic quality of an art composition.

how to create harmony

Creating harmony in art relates to all the elements in art working together or in effective relation to one another.

ways to create harmony in art

using color and value

Harmony in color can be achieved through the minimal use of colors and not too many opposing colors. Value in art refers to the lightness and darkness of a color.


When similar shapes or forms are utilized in patterns or repetitions, it creates a sense of consistency in the composition, which creates a sense of harmony.

using texture

Texture in art is created by brushstrokes; if there is a consistent brushstroke style applied in a visual composition it can give it a sense of harmony due to the rhythm or flow the strokes follow.

harmony artwork examples

Color and Value: Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies (1899) by Claude Monet Shapes and Forms: Mont Sainte-Victoire (1904 - 1906) by Paul Cézanne Texture: Olive Trees Under a Yellow Sky, and the November Sun (1889) by Vincent van Gogh