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Four seasons of Vincent van Gogh on show at Melbourne’s NGV

Simon Plant, April 27, 2017 6:00PM Herald Sun

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HIS paintings are famous around the world and are worth millions of dollars and now you have the chance to see them.

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch artist, born in 1853, who created some of the most influential* and famous artworks in modern history.

Van Gogh is especially famous for his sunflower still lifes and starry night landscapes.

The National Gallery of Victoria has a new exhibition that shows this famous artist in a different light.

The exhibition, called Van Gogh and the Seasons, shows how the artist changed and developed his use of colour and medium* over his lifetime through a collection of more than 60 works.

Vincent van Gogh painting Farmhouse in Provence from 1888, featured in the exhibition. Picture: National Gallery of Victoria media_cameraVincent van Gogh painting Farmhouse in Provence from 1888, featured in the exhibition. Picture: National Gallery of Victoria

Exhibit visitors will be able to see how important the four seasons were to the artist, finishing with a striking self-portrait van Gogh painted in 1887. This portrait is on loan from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, so it’s very special to be able to see it in Melbourne.

The NGV’s senior curator* of international art Dr Ted Gott said van Gogh paintings were hard to come by, especially self portraits.

“With its thick stripes of vivid colour laid down across the face, this is one of the most radical* and expressive* of van Gogh’s Parisian self-portraits,” Dr Gott said.

The NGV show is the largest collection of van Gogh paintings to ever visit Australia.

Curator Sjraar van Heugten said the experience of putting the exhibition together was a “voyage of discovery.’’

“Hopefully, visitors will come away informed and entertained with an enlarged understanding of him,’’ Mr van Heugten said.

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Though rarely for sale, van Gogh’s paintings attract extremely large sums of money at auction.

In 2015, one of his paintings was sold at auction house Sotheby’s to a collector for $66.3 million.

Four-year-old Ravi with Wheat Field with Cypresses. Picture: Alex Coppel. media_cameraFour-year-old Ravi with Wheat Field with Cypresses. Picture: Alex Coppel.

The Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition is on at the NGV until July 9.

GLOSSARY

influential: have large impact on others

medium: ways and materials of making

curator: person who plans and puts together exhibitions

radical: out there

expressive: communicative

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1.

Draw, or make a portrait of yourself.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity

Syllabus Links: Visual Arts

Extension:

Van Gogh was inspired by the seasons.

What is your favourite season?

Use the colours, sights, sounds or activities in your favourite season in a poem, story, song or short performance.

Time: allow 25 minutes to complete this activity

Syllabus Links: English and The Arts

Activity 2.

In the story you have read that one of Van Gogh’s paintings was sold for $66.3 million.

Think about, and write, the reasons why you think a painting would be worth so much money.

Time: allow about 20 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: Critical and Creative Thinking

Extension:

Find out more about the works of Vincent van Gogh.

This website may help you: http://www.vangoghgallery.com/painting/

Choose a van Gogh painting that you like.

Write a short letter to the organisers of the van Gogh exhibition that explains what you like about this painting and why you think it is important to include this painting in the exhibition.

Time: allow 45 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: Visual Arts and English

VCOP ACTIVITIES

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

Activity 1. Punctuation

There are many different types of punctuation used in the article.

Can you find and name them all?

Once you have located all the punctuation, challenge yourself to use them in a variety of sentences of your own related to art and painting.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write and VCOP

Activity 2. Question It

Think up five questions you could ask van Gogh or another artist about how or why they come up with the subjects they paint and why they look the way they do.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP

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