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The Noisy Paint Box

The Noisy Paint Box

The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art

Book - 2014 | First edition
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Describes how Vasya Kandinsky's creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experience colors as sounds and sounds as colors.
Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers - like a proper artist. But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound - the swirling colors trilled like a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors - and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box. -- From
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780307978486
Call Number: j Facts 759.7 K16r 2014
Characteristics: 33 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: GrandPré, Mary - Illustrator


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Describes how Vasya Kandinsky's creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experience colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

A picture book biography of Russian artist Vasya Kandinsky that talks about a condition he had called synesthesia.

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Apr 19, 2021

This book is about more than just Kandinsky's art (which, of course, is very interesting). It is about finding one's own unique path in this world, about finding and realizing one's talent, regardless of anything. In my opinion, the story of Kandinsky's life will be inspiring to children and adults alike!

Apr 07, 2021

I've known Kandinsky's art but didn't know anything about him. He broke free from a conventional family's expectation, worked with his synesthesia and became the pioneering force in abstract art.

Beautiful illustrations in this great introduction to a great artist.

Mar 27, 2021

for like the first ten years of his life you had to feel sorry for him but when he got a paint box. formality went out the window

Aug 30, 2019

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Oct 17, 2018

Kandinsky heard colors and and painted music. Kids will love this tale about doing art your way!

ArapahoeKayla Jul 27, 2018

This book was beautiful in how it captured Kandinsky's discovery of painting in such a magical way! Illustrations and storytelling are fantastic, plus the author provides some great background info at the very end.

ArapahoeCassidy Jul 25, 2018

An awesome Caldecott Honor picture book about Russian artist Vasya Kandinsky and the importance of freedom of expression. The illustrations are delightful and full of color, the story is interesting and offers me a window into an artist's mind. This would be a fun book to read to youngsters, but also a care-free read for adults, too.

ArapahoeStaff19 Jul 24, 2018

An impressive portrait of a young Kandinsky. When his aunt gives him his first paint box, it comes alive. Sounds burst out from the colors within. Experiencing sounds as colors and colors as sounds influences Kandinsky's groundbreaking work, becoming the first recognized in abstract art. This book is just lovely.

Aug 07, 2016


May 22, 2016

I have returned this book weeks ago after my class

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