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Vincent Van Gogh

Downloadable worksheets:
Writing: Vincent Van Gogh´s Bedroom
Level: elementary
Age: 8-17
Downloads: 165

Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-100
Downloads: 162

Vincent Van Gogh - Multiple choice activity
Level: advanced
Age: 15-100
Downloads: 108

Vincent Van Gogh- biography
Level: intermediate
Age: 15-100
Downloads: 88

VINCENT (VAN GOGH): SONG by Don McLean (9 / 5 / 09)
Level: elementary
Age: 14-17
Downloads: 70

Vincent Van Gogh - reading pair work
Level: elementary
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 61


Vincent Van Gogh 
 was born in the Netherlands in 1853.
Van Gogh was Dutch. 
He started to work when he was 15.
Van Gogh tried
 a lot of jobs.
He worked as
an art dealer,
  a teacher, a bookseller
before he became an artist.

Van Gogh had one brother. His name was Theo. 
   Theo was an art dealer in Paris. 
He tried to help Van Gogh to sell his paintings .
But Van Gogh's paintings were darker than the art
that was popular in Paris at the time.
People didn't understand his art and they didn't buy his pictures.
Van Gogh had no money,no food, no friends.
In 1886 Van Gogh moved to Paris.
In Paris van Gogh met many famous painters.
 Paul Gauguin  was one of them. Gaugin was a French painter.
Van Gogh and Paul Gaugin became friends and started to live together. 
They lived in the Yellow House in the southern France for two months .
One day Gaugin left and Van Gogh was very angry, so he cut off his ear.
Van Gogh was mentally ill and was in the hospital for a long time.



The Yellow House

Van Gogh and his brother, Theo, were very close.
Van Gogh and Theo wrote many letters to each other.
Van Gogh wrote over 700 letters to his brother.
These letters helped people to learn about him ,his feelings and his life.
Theo cared about his brother very much. 
 He sent Van Gogh money and new paints.
 When van Gogh became ill,
Theo found the best doctors for him.

Letter from
 Vincent Van Gogh to Theo ,
Etten, September 1881


Spring Trees
Van Gogh liked
 to paint flowers and nature.  
with Twelve Sunflowers
Vase with Twelve Sunflowers -
Arles: August 1888

Iris Flowers

Van Gogh had a good friend, a postman named Roulin.
He thought of him as a father .
 Roulin stood by his friend when others
thought he was dangerous.
Vincent painted many pictures of the postman and
The Roulin Family




    Starry Night  
Van Gogh painted
over 200 pictures 
in the hospital,including
Starry Night .
His painting, Starry Night  
became very famous.
But he didn't think it
was a good painting.
A year earlier he had painted
another starry sky picture,
Starry Night Over the Rhone .
Today Starry Night  ,
is one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings.


Starry Night Over the Rhone

His life ended sadly in 1890.
He died at the age of 37.
Van Gogh killed himself.
Van Gogh sold only one painting in his life.
He died a poor, lonely artist.
Now,100 years later his paintings cost millions of dollars.
 Today people around the world can see his paintings
in the museums.
The biggest Van Gogh Museum  is in Holland,
the country where Van Gogh was born.


Write these verbs in Past Simple:
are- write- sell- become- think- have- send- find- meet- leave-
Write these verbs in Past Simple:
work- paint- die- help- try- like- kill- care- live- start-
Correct the mistakes:
1. van gogh painted his "sunflowers" in august.
2. the biggest van gogh museum  is in holland.
3. people in holland speak dutch.
4.in 1886 van gogh moved to paris.
5.gaugin was a french painter.
6.his brother,theo was an art dealer in paris.
Find the opposites in the text:
rich- full- ugly-
apart- enemies- bad-
sell- finished- healthy-
1 2  12
3  10

Van Gogh's brother.

2.The" " is one of his most famous paintings.  
7. Van Goch was mentally .
12.Van Gogh painted over 200 paintings in the .

The clues of the crossword

3.Van Gogh wrote over 700  to his brother.
4. was a postman and good friend.
5.Van Gogh became an.
6.Van Gogh was born in Holland.
He was .
8.Gaugin was a painter.
9.Van Gogh and Gaugin lived in the Yellow House.
10.The name of the song is "."
11.Van Gogh died a poor, artist.

In 1972,an American singer wrote a song about
 Van Goh's life and about his painting"Starrry Night".
The singer's name was Don McLean.
The name of the song is"Vincent".

, night:
Paint your palette and .
Look out on a summer's day
With  that know the darkness in my soul.
  Shadows on the .
Sketch the and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the chills
In   on the snowy linen land.

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me,
And how you  for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free.
They would not ; they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now.
, starry :
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze;
Swirling in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's of China blue.
changing hue:
Morning fields of amber grain,
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving .

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me,
And how you  for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen; they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now.

For they could not love you
But still, your was true.
And when no hope was left inside
On that starry, starry
You took your life as lovers often do.
But I could've told you,
This was never meant
For one as  as you.

Starry, starry night:
Portraits hung in empty halls:
Frameless heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the and can't forget;
Like the strangers that you've met:
The ragged men in ragged
The silver thorn, a bloody
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin
Now I think I
What you tried to say to me,
And how you for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free.
They would not ; they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will.
Listen to this beautiful song
and complete the missing words:




















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