Sounds: Two Riders against a Red Background

Sounds: Two Riders against a Red Background


Vassily Kandinsky

(Russian, 1866-1944)

Color woodcut

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.)

John L. Severance Fund 1999.175

Catalogue raisonné: Roethel 95

State: I/II



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.

See also
PR - Woodcut
Type of artwork: 
Color woodcut

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