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Museum Closed: Christmas Eve

December 24, 2017

The Akron Art Museum is closed on Sunday, December 24, 2017 in observance of Christmas Eve. We will reopen on Tueaday, December 26, 2017 at 11:00 am.  

Museum Closed: Christmas Eve

December 24, 2017

The Akron Art Museum is closed on Sunday, December 24, 2017 in observance of Christmas Eve. We will reopen on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 11:00 am.

Image: William Sommer, (Detroit, Michigan, 1867 - 1949, Northfield Center, Ohio), Bach Chord, 1923, oil on composition board, 20 x 23 3/4 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Russell Munn in memory of Helen G. Munn

About Bach Chord
The title of this work and the musical-note-shaped foliage on the tree to the left allude to Sommer’s interest in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century idea called synaesthesia. This concept proposed parallels between the senses so that, for example, certain colors or shapes might suggest certain sounds. Sommer said that when he listened to Bach’s music, he could “see in color the various movements of the music.” Just as a chord is composed of multiple notes, Sommer painted the houses in this landscape in an array of colors that he highlighted by framing the structures with areas of white snow.

View more work in the Akron Art Museum collection by William Sommer.

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