Monument to Sound

  • Raymond Jonson, Monument to Sound, 1936, pencil on paper mounted on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, 1985.65.21

Exhibition Label
The lines and shapes of Monument to Sound suggest an interior space where sound waves take visible form, a sanctuary for the imagination. The artist explained his dedication to abstraction based on science and spiritual values: “Around us we have realism, strife, pain, and greed. I wish to present the other side of life, namely the feeling of order, joy, and freedom. By setting up my own plastic means I can at least thrill to the attempt of establishing some fundamental principles that are universal and enduring.”

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009

Monument to Sound
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sheet: 20 5/8 x 26 1/8 in. (52.4 x 66.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration

Mediums Description
pencil on paper mounted on fiberboard
  • Abstract
  • New Deal – Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project
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