Van Gogh

Van Gogh

The Postman
The Postman by Vincent van Gogh

Following the steps below will help you look at this painting, The Postman by Vincent van Gogh.

Step One: Look

  • What is happening in this artwork?
  • What is the mood of this painting?
  • Share your ideas with another student. Do you agree?


Step Two: Analyze


  • What colors do you see in the mailman's face?
  • What colors are in his beard?


  • Where do you see lines in the painting? Are they curvy or straight, neat or jagged?
  • Compare the lines in the background to the mailman's beard.
  • Look for marks made by van Gogh's brush.
  • Where do see thick lines? Where do you see thin lines?


  • Where do you see shadows? What color are they?


  • Where is the mailman? Is he indoors or outdoors? Does he seem close up or far away?
  • What do you notice about the background in the painting? Why do you think van Gogh surrounded his friends, like the mailman, with flowers in his paintings?


Step Three: Compare

To begin comparing this painting with others, please launch the slideshow found in the right sidebar.

Download the relevant worksheet here.

  • What is the same between these two paintings? What is different?


Step Four: Explore

On the map below, locate where the artist Vincent van Gogh came from. Research it.

Download the relevant worksheets here and here.

Teacher's Guide

For more information about Vincent van Gogh, his techniques, and his paintings, download this helpful teacher's guide.


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