Posted by: a2cristina | October 16, 2018




Read the text and complete the chart below with a word from the list that comes after the text. Every word can only be used ONCE. There are five words that you do not need to use. Question 0 has been answered as an example.


A new 0) __________ at the Van Gogh Museum intends to separate the artist’s late work from the myths surrounding his ‘madness’. But does a clinical interpretation of his paintings miss the mystery of his vision?

When Vincent van Gogh got out of hospital in January 1889, with a white bandage covering the place where his left ear had been, he immediately went back to work in his house next to a cafe in the southern French town of Arles. A 1) __________ life he painted that month looks like a determined attempt to hold on to the things of this world, to suppress his inner turbulence by concentrating 2) __________ the solid facts of his life. Around a sturdy wooden table he has laid out a symbolic 3) __________ of the simple pillars of his existence. Four onions. A medical self-help book. A candle. A pipe and tobacco. A letter from his brother Theo. A teapot. And one more thing: a large, emptied bottle of absinthe.

The first thing to be said about this painting is that it is revolutionary. It is a new kind of art. The very idea that a collection of objects, painted with powerful 4) __________ in intense luminous colours, with thick application of paint in some places and bare 5)__________ in others, can reveal the state of someone’s soul was utterly new. Van Gogh was its originator. In the months after this mostly 6. __________ Dutch artist in his mid 30s arrived in Arles in February 1888 he invented a new kind of art that would come to be called expressionism.

That probably sounds like a dangerously Romantic way of putting it to curators of On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh and His Illness, an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This sensational show – how strange to see the 7) __________ gun, found in a field at Auvers-sur-Oise, that the museum is “80% sure” Van Gogh shot himself with, in 1890, at the age of just 37 – is full of fascinating documents that tell a sad story of a man 8) __________ with his declining mental health until finally, in despair of ever getting well or living independently, he chose suicide. It presents a lucid narrative of the final phase of Van Gogh’s life. Yet it is ultimately a pedantic and 9) __________ exhibition whose pursuit of clinical accuracy misses the mystery of Van Gogh’s life and art.

The weak man the curators want to 10) __________ down is the myth that Van Gogh’s genius lay in his “madness”, that he painted in the fever of hallucinations and took inspiration from illness.



ARRAY                        EXHIBITION              MISLEADING           SELF-TAUGHT

BRUSHSTROKES      FABRIC                       ON                               STILL

CANVAS                    FIGHTING                  PAINTBRUSHES      STRUGGLING

DEAD                          IN                                 RUSTY                         TEAR




1 6
2 7
3 8
4 9
5 10





  1. STILL
  2. ON
  3. ARRAY
  7. RUSTY
  10. TEAR

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