The Noisy Paint BoxThe Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract ArtBy Barb RosenstockIllustrated by Mary GrandPreHardcover book40 pagesAges 4-8 years
Vasya Kandinsky was raised to be a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. 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, and the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors reverberated like an orchestra tuning up for 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 paint . . . music? 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 (a type of synesthesia)—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.