May 27, 2009

Sketch: Dancers (51 of 150)

Sketch: Dancers (51 of 150)

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William Sommer

(American, 1867–1949)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1954.153.51



The Cleveland writer Robert Bordner left an intriguing account of a discussion that occurred one evening at Sommer’s home in the Cuyahoga Valley. Also present was Sommer’s close friend, the poet Hart Crane. Their conversation indicates Sommer’s desire to discover analogies between art and music: “We had been listening to Bill’s Bach records, and Bill was declaring he could SEE in color the various movements of the music…. Crane was fascinated and we got into whether poetry could be heard in colors too.”

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