Top 10 Art Zoom Backgrounds

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Want to liven up your virtual meetings?

Try one of our top 10 art Zoom backgrounds.

Fancy taking the place of Suzon in Manet's Bar at the Folies Bergeres, leading a Zoom meeting against the background of Degas' Dance Class, or relaxing with friends amongst Monet's Water Lilies?

Simply download one or more of the images found below, which have been specially sized and optimised for being used as Zoom backgrounds, and follow our five-step instructions for setting them as your Zoom background image.

After you are done, why not learn about the painting you have downloaded?

1. Top 10 Zoom Backgrounds

Our top 10 Zoom backgrounds are found below - simply download your favourites.

1. Monet's Japanese Bridge

Claude Monet devoted the last three decades of his life to tending his gardens at Giverny and painting Water Lilies. How about leading a meeting from in front of his Japanese Bridge? It should bring an air of calm and refinement to your presentation!

Monet's Japanese Bridge Zoom background

2. Monet's Impression Sunrise

Claude Monet painted Impression Sunrise, a view of Le Havre's commercial port, in one sitting in 1871. Today, it is one of the most famous impressionist works. Perhaps this would be a good background for an early-morning Zoom meeting?

Zoom background for Monet's Impression Sunrise

3. Degas' Dance Class

Edgar Degas is famous for a number of things: painting dancers and jockeys, living like a recluse, being antisemitic. But people are not all good or all bad, so let's enjoy the realism and beauty in this version of Degas' Dance Class (1873, now in Washington's National Gallery of Art). A good option for a lecture or a motivational Zoom call?

Background for Degas' Dance Class (1873)

4. Monet's Haystacks

Claude Monet's Haystacks series, painted between 1889-1892, was an immediate commercial success. Use them to make your next Zoom pitch hit home?

Monet's Haystacks Zoom background

5. Manet's Bar at the Folies Bergeres

Edouard Manet painted Bar at the Folies Bergeres in 1881, shortly before his death. The mysterious barmaid, Suzon, takes centre stage - but who is she talking to? A relative? A lover? A client?

Bar at the Folies Bergeres Zoom Background

6. Renoir's Moulin de la Galette

Pierre-Auguste Renoir is best known for painting scenes of girls, women and pure joy. His luminous brushstrokes are seen in Bal du Moulin de la Galette, painted in 1876. Perfect for an evening drink with your friends?

Renoir's Moulin de la Galette Zoom background

7. Monet's Gare Saint-Lazare

Claude Monet painted his 16-work Gare Saint-Lazare series on 1877. He had to blag his way into the station, putting on his finest clothes pretending he was a famous painter (which at that stage he was not). Perhaps one for a 'fake it until you make it' Zoom meeting?

Claude Monet Gare Saint-Lazare Zoom background

8. Pissarro's Boulevard Montmartre at Night

By 1897, when he was 66, Pissarro decided that he needed a big commercial success to provide for his large family. He chose to produce 14 versions of Boulevard Montmartre, the most famous of which shows the street at night. A great Zoom background for an evening meeting.

Pissarro's Boulevard Montmartre at Night Zoom background

9. Cezanne's Gulf of Marseille

Paul Cezanne was born and grew up in Provence and returned there after his works were criticised by the stayed art establishment. He thereafter focussed on producing works of Provence, including Mont Saint-Victoire, still lifes of Provence's produce, and the sea. Painted in about 1885, the Gulf of Marseille from Estaque is a perfect backdrop for a relaxing Zoom chat with friends.

Cezanne's Gulf of Marseille Zoom background

10. Monet's Poppy Field

Claude Monet's Poppy Field paintings are beautiful and poignant. Perhaps choose this background if you are going to be saying something profound in your Zoom call?

Claude Monet's Poppy Field

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2. Setting your Zoom background

Setting your Zoom background is simple.

Follow the following five easy steps (90 seconds):

  1. Download the file for the background you like most by clicking on the image to expand it and then clicking the download button (⤓) in the top right of your screen.
  2. Open a Zoom Meeting and hover over the Start/Stop Video button.
  3. Click on 'Choose Virtual Background' and click on 'Background & Filters' if it isn't already highlighted.
  4. Click on the [+] button and select the file you have downloaded.
  5. Click on the thumbnail of your chosen artwork and close the settings window.