This year marks 125 years since Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s best-loved artists, died. To mark the anniversary, we’ve designed this quick and easy ‘true or false’ quiz for you to play with friends and family!
1. True or false? Vincent Van Gogh was named after his older brother
True. He shared the same name as his older brother, who sadly died at birth.
2. True or false? The artist was 73 when he died
False. He was 37.
3. True or false? Van Gogh only sold 3 paintings during his lifetime
False. The reality was worse – he only managed to sell one.
4. True or false? ‘Starry night’, one of his most famous works, was painted whilst living in an asylum
True. Van Gogh created the painting whilst he was forbidden to go out at night.
5. True or false? The vibrant yellow he used in famous paintings like ‘Sunflowers’ contained a type of poisonous lead.
True. The toxic pigment faded over time, turning light brown in colour.
6. True or false? His father was a well-known artist in his own right
False. His father was a pastor.
7. True or false? Van Gogh died in the Netherlands
False. He committed suicide and was buried in France.
8. True or false? His painting ‘Portrait of Dr Gachet’ sold for £54.4 million in 1990
True. It was sold at auction and bought by a Japanese art collector.
9. True or false? Van Gogh created an average of 2 paintings per week
True. Although he didn’t begin painting full-time until he was 27, he was known for his prolific work rate.
10. True or false? He fixed candles to his straw hat when painting at night
True. It allowed him to work whilst it was dark – don’t try it at home!