The Noisy Paint Box

The Noisy Paint Box

The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art

Book - 2014
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Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307978486
Branch Call Number: B Kandinsky Ros
N6999.K33 R67 2014
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: GrandPré, Mary - Illustrator


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Abstract artist Kandinsky experience color as sound and sound as color--a neurological condition called synesthesia. This books details the rise of his creative life and his influence on abstract art.

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May 22, 2016

I have returned this book weeks ago after my class

0Charlie Feb 04, 2015

Visually stunning work describing a simplified version of the life of artist Vasya Kandinsky.

BklynKalliopiM Dec 18, 2014

I love the classic approach of this picture book, and how it is able to balance factual information with beautiful illustrations. At the end of the book, it's clear that Kandinsky had a special outlook on art and creating paintings. Strong senses of curiosity, exploration, and novel thinking are weaved throughout the book, making it much more than a book about Kandinsky: it's a book about perseverance, individuality, and following your heart.

Dec 16, 2014

This is the story of the life of the abstract artist Vasily Kandinsky. It begins when he was a boy living in an upper class Russian home. He has to learn all of the typical things expected of a proper gentleman. It isn't until his aunt gives him his first paint box that a new world is opened to him. He hears the colors and paints them as he hears them (he has a condition called synesthesia in which he hears colors). No one understands his art though. He goes on to become a lawyer, but later comes back to art. He quits his job to become an artist. He tries painting what everyone else does, but it does not make him happy. So he stays with painting colors as he hears them.

This story was told in a simple enough manner than children could understand Kandinsky's life and a bit about his art. The illustrations were done with paint and collage so they were interesting and different as well as colorful.

I highly recommend this story for learning more about art or abstract art, especially for teachers to use in the classroom.


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