The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 25, 2024

Sounds: Boat Trip

Sounds: Boat Trip

(Russian, 1866–1944)
Sheet: 28 x 27.9 cm (11 x 11 in.); Image: 22 x 22.1 cm (8 11/16 x 8 11/16 in.)
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: Roethel 115
Location: not on view


For Kandinsky, music functioned perfectly as an abstract art: it does not require words or narrative to elicit a direct and powerful emotional response from the listener. For him, representational art--art that focused on depicting recognizable subjects such as figures, landscapes, still lifes-squandered the possibility of speaking directly to the viewer’s soul. Kandinsky wanted visual art to achieve the emotional impact of music through abstraction rather than representation. He believed that the only way for art to elicit an emotional response was to speak to the unconscious, bypassing logic and other forms of reasoning.
  • Themes and Variations: Musical Drawings and Prints. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (January 25-May 17, 2015).
    Against the Grain: Woodcuts from the Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 17-November 9, 2003).
    From Rembrandt to Rauschenberg: Recently Acquired Prints. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 17-November 26, 2000).
  • {{cite web|title=Sounds: Boat Trip|url=false|author=Vassily Kandinsky|year=1911|access-date=25 July 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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