Sounds: Two Riders against a Red Background

(Russian, 1866–1944)
Support: Laid paper
Sheet: 28 x 27.9 cm (11 x 11 in.); Image: 10.5 x 15.8 cm (4 1/8 x 6 1/4 in.)
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: Roethel 95
State: I/II
Location: not on view
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Kandinsky’s theoretical explorations included the relationship between visual art and music. Just as music passes through the ear to the subconscious, so too does a work of art pass through the eye to stimulate an emotional response. As such, this woodcut’s combination of color, black line, white paper, and the pattern of shapes was intended to resonate like notes in a piece of music rather than to imitate nature.
Sounds: Two Riders against a Red Background

Sounds: Two Riders against a Red Background


Vassily Kandinsky

(Russian, 1866–1944)
Russia, 20th century

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