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  • 2019.2.8
  • Easy Reading
  • 初級

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers too old to travel, must stay in Amsterdam: team of experts

ゴッホ美術館所蔵の『ひまわり』、傷みがひどく門外不出に

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Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers is one of the world’s most famous paintings. But sadly, at 130 years old, its traveling days are over.

A team of experts spent six weeks looking carefully at the painting of sunflowers in a vase. They said the painting has become too fragile to leave Amsterdam on tours and will have to stay home.

The paint could be damaged if the air humidity and temperature change, said Van Gogh Museum director Axel Ruger.

“It is therefore important that the painting is moved as little as possible and that it is displayed in a stable environment,” he said.

The experts also believe that Sunflowers, which Van Gogh painted in January 1889, was based on an earlier painting from 1888. That earlier painting now hangs in a London gallery.

Sunflowers will go back on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on Feb. 22 under new, more gentle lighting. (Reuters)

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expert
(名)専門家
(形)熟達した
◆an expert at driving a car(自動車運転の達人)
◆Joshua was considered an expert in the field of geology.
(ジョシュアは地質学の分野では専門家とされていた)
☞expertise(名)専門知識

fragile
(形)壊れやすい
◆fragile health(虚弱体質)
◆The relationship between the two countries is extremely fragile right now.
(現在、両国の関係はきわめて脆弱だ)
☞fragility(名)もろさ、脆弱性

humidity
(名)湿度、湿気
◆humidity of the air(空気の湿度)
◆During the summer in Tokyo, humidity reaches almost 80%.
(東京の夏は湿度がほぼ80%に達する)
☞humid(形)湿気の多い

stable
(形)安定した
◆a stable character(しっかりした性格)
◆We were glad to hear that George was in stable condition after his motorcycle accident.
(バイク事故の後ジョージの容体が安定したと聞いてうれしかった)
☞stability(名)安定

hang
(動)つるす、掛かる
◆hang a leg(尻込みする)
◆My dad always uses a special tool when hanging wall art to make sure everything is level.
(父はいつもウォールアートを飾る際、すべてが水平か確かめるための特別な道具を使っている)

gentle
(形)穏やかな、優しい
◆a gentle breeze(そよ風)
◆Mr. Thompson was respected in the office for his gentle manner of speaking.
(トンプソン氏は物腰柔らかな言葉使いのため社内で尊敬されていた)
☞gentility(名)上流気取り

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. Why is the Vincent van Gogh painting unable to travel?

  • A) It's not dry.
  • B) It's too big.
  • C) It's too old.

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正解は、C
It’s too old.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. A team of ( ) spent six weeks looking carefully at the painting of sunflowers in a vase.

  • A) experts
  • B) expats
  • C) extras

正解を見る

正解は、A
experts

Q2. They said the painting has become too ( ) to leave Amsterdam on tours and will have to stay home.

  • A) fatal
  • B) friction
  • C) fragile

正解を見る

正解は、C
fragile

Q3. The paint could be damaged if the air ( ) and temperature change, said Van Gogh Museum director Axel Ruger.

  • A) humidity
  • B) humanity
  • C) humming

正解を見る

正解は、A
humidity

Q4. “It is therefore important that the painting is moved as little as possible and that it is displayed in a ( ) environment,” he said.

  • A) stranded
  • B) stable
  • C) strange

正解を見る

正解は、B
stable

Q5. That earlier painting now ( ) in a London gallery.

  • A) hauls
  • B) hurts
  • C) hangs

正解を見る

正解は、C
hangs

Q6. Sunflowers will go back on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on Feb. 22 under new, more ( ) lighting.

  • A) general
  • B) gentle
  • C) generic

正解を見る

正解は、B
gentle

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