Vincent Van Gogh

Directions: Underline the words in the story as you find them, unscramble them and write them in the boxes below. Vincent Van Gogh was born in the Netherlands. When he was 27 years old, he taught himself how to paint. His brother, Theo, was an art dealer. He recognized Vincent's talent and encouraged him and supported him financially. He introduced him to famous artists who influenced him. He liked to paint pictures of flowers as shown by this painting, Irises. His painting, Starry Night became very famous, but he felt that it was not realistic enough. A year earlier he had painted another starry sky picture, Starry Night Over the Rhone . He loved children, especially his nephew. Even though he was a great artist, he never painted pictures of children to make them look like children. They always looked like small people with adult facial features. Sometimes his actions were violent and his neighbors were afraid of him. Once he tried to slash an associate, Gauguin, with a razor, and that same night he cut off his own ear. Later he painted some pictures of himself with a bandage over his ear. During his lifetime, he produced over 800 oil paintings and even more drawings. He liked to paint scenes from nature, and he tried to show the lives of the common people as they worked at their jobs. Some say that during his lifetime he only sold one painting. He had no idea that he would become so famous, but after his death people began to appreciate his work. One of his paintings sold for $82.5 million. That's the most anyone has ever paid for a painting.

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Puzzle courtesy Patsy Stevens http://gardenofpraise.com