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Pablo Picasso was an artist. He was born in 1881 in Spain. But he lived in France. He died in 1973.

There is a museum in Paris. It has around 5000 of Picasso’s paintings and sculptures. This museum is in a large house. The house is from the 17th century.

People renovate the museum. The renovation costs 52 million euros. One million people visit this museum every year.

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1) Artist-noun /ˈɑːr.t̬ɪst/ — someone who paintsdraws, or makes sculptures:

Monet is one of my favourite artists.

2) Born-verb /bɔːrn/- to come out of a mother’s body, and start to exist:

She was born in 1950.

We saw a lamb being born.

Diana was born into an aristocratic family.

Ann was born and brought up in Delaware.

Their baby was born last December.

As soon as the baby is born he’ll start to take an interest in the world around him.

Soon after it was born, the calf got up and tried to stand on its shaky legs.

He was born in the small town of Castleford, in Yorkshire.

Their baby was born prematurely and weighed only one kilogram.

3) Live-verb /lɪv/- (to continue) to be alive or have life:

He only lived a few days after the accident.

 I hope I live to see my grandchildren.

Her granny lived to the ripe old age of 94.

Can the right to live ever be denied to any human?

She lived on well into her 90s.

Mrs Jones is failing fast, and the doctor doesn’t think she’ll live much longer.

Few people live beyond the age of a hundred.

The study found that men who were married lived longer than those who were not.

All animals have to eat in order to live.

Her joy at the birth of her son was tinged with sadness that her father had not lived to see him.

4) Die-verb /daɪ/ — to stop living or existing, either suddenly or slowly:

Twelve people died in the accident.

She died of/from hunger/cancer/a heart attack/her injuries.

It is a brave person who will die for their beliefs.

I would like to die in my sleep (= while I am sleeping).

Many people have a fear of dying.

Our love will never die.

She will not tell anyone — the secret will die with her.

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5) Museum-noun /mjuːˈziː.əm/-a building where objects of historicalscientific, or artistic interest are kept:

a museum of modern art

the Natural History Museum 

The museum is full of rare and precious treasures.

Make sure you visit the maritime museum if you’re interested in anything to do with ships or seafaring.

This exhibit is on loan from another museum.

The museum houses the biggest collection of antique toys in Europe.

Do you know whether the Science Museum charges for admission?

6) Around-preposition, adverb /əˈraʊnd/- in a position or direction surrounding, or in a direction going along the edge of or from one part to another (of):

We sat around the table.

He put his arm around her.

crowd had gathered around the scene of the accident.

She had a scarf around her neck.

The moon goes around the earth.

I walked around the side of the building.

As the bus left, she turned around (= so that she was facing in the opposite direction) and waved goodbye to us.

He put the wheel on the right/wrong way around (= facing the right/wrong way).

The children were dancing around the room.

I spent a year travelling around Africa and Asia.

The museum’s collection includes works of art from all around the world.

She passed a plate of biscuits around (= from one person to another).

This virus has been going around (= from one person to another).

The snake coiled itself tightly around the deer.

People clustered around the noticeboard to read the exam results.

She drew her coat tightly around her shoulders.

She flung her arms around his neck.

The cathedral dominates the landscape for miles around.

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7) Painting-noun /ˈpeɪn.t̬ɪŋ/- a picture made using paint:

The walls are covered in oil paintings.

an exhibition of 19th-century French painting 

We were taught painting and drawing at art college.

When we bought the house, we had to do a lot of painting and redecorating.

Any painting by Van Gogh is worth a fortune.

He always uses vibrant colours in his paintings.

The curator guided us round the gallerypointing out the most famous paintings in the collection.

Edvard Munch’s «The Scream» is a famous Expressionist painting.

The painting portrays a beautiful young woman in a blue dress.

8) sculpture-noun /ˈskʌlp.tʃɚ/-the art of forming solid objects that represent a thing, personidea, etc. out of a material such as woodclaymetal, or stone, or an object made in this way:

Tom teaches sculpture at the local art school.

The museum has several life-sized sculptures of people and animals

This 25-foot-high sculpture is her latest creation.

There’s a new exhibition of sculpture on at the city gallery.

This sculpture must be centuries old.

For many years the sculpture was incorrectly thought to be by Donatello.

The museum has been heavily criticized over its acquisition of the four-million-dollar sculpture.

9) Large-adjective /lɑːrdʒ/-big in size or amount:

a large house

the world’s largest computer manufacturer

We need a larger car.

We didn’t expect such a large number of people to attend the concert.

We’ve made good progress, but there’s still a large amount of work to be done.

There was a larger-than-expected fall in unemployment last month.

Researchers have just completed the largest-ever survey of criminal behaviour in the UK

The population faces starvation this winter without large-scale emergency food aid.

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10) Renovate-verb /ˈren.ə.veɪt/-to repair and improve something, especially a building:

He renovates old houses and sells them at a profit.

11) cost-noun/kɑːst/-the amount of money needed to buy, do, or make something:

When you buy a new computer, you usually get software included at no extra cost (= for no additional money).

In most families, two salaries are essential to cover the cost of (= pay for) raising a family.

The supermarket chain announced that it was cutting the cost (= reducing the price) of all its fresh and frozen meat.

It’s difficult for most people to deal with the rising cost of (= increasing price of) healthcare.

I was able to buy the damaged goods at cost (= for only the amount of money needed to produce or get the goods, without any extra money added for profit). 

We need to cut our advertising costs.

The estimated costs of the building project are well over £1 million. 

Whether or not we go to Spain for our holiday depends on the cost.

Do you agree with the principle that everyone should pay something towards the cost of healthcare?

The average cost of a new house has gone up by 5 percent to £76 500.

Their estimate of the cost of the project was wildly inaccurate.

My main concern about moving to London is the cost of housing.

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12) Visit-verb /ˈvɪz.ɪt/- to go to a place in order to look at it, or to a person in order to spend time with them:

We visited a few galleries while we were in Prague.

Will you visit me when I’m in hospital?

When did you last visit the dentist/doctor

to go to a website on the internetwant to buy a little something to give to Val when I visit her in hospital.

There are several places of interest to visit in the area.

I’ve never been to Kenya, but I hope to visit it next year.

I have clear memories of visiting my grandfather’s farm as a child.

He picked up malaria when he was visiting the country on business.

Pablo Picasso-level 2

Level 1— Level 3

Pablo Picasso was born in 1881 in Spain, but he spent most of his life in France. He died in 1973. A museum with more than 5000 of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, prints and personal archives re-opened in Paris.

A 17th-century mansion contains the museum. The renovation cost about 52 million euros and it tripled the size of the exhibition space. People expect one million visitors to the museum every year. The renovation of this building took five years.

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1) Spend-verb /spend/- to use time doing something or being somewhere:

think we need to spend more time together.

I spent a lot of time cleaning that room.

I’ve spent years building up my collection.

I spent an hour at the station waiting for the train.

How long do you spend on your homework?

My sister always spends ages in the bathroom.

We spent the weekend in Buenos Aires.

You can spend the night here if you like.

2) Painting-noun /ˈpeɪn.tɪŋ/- the skill or activity of making a picture or putting paint on a wall:

We were taught painting and drawing at art college.

When we bought the house, we had to do a lot of painting and redecorating.Any painting by Van Gogh is worth a fortune.

He always uses vibrant colors in his paintings.

The curator guided us round the gallerypointing out the most famous paintings in the collection.

Edvard Munch’s «The Scream» is a famous Expressionist painting.

The painting portrays a beautiful young woman in a blue dress.

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3) Mansion-noun /ˈmæn.ʃən/- a very large, expensivehouse:

The street is lined with enormous mansions where the rich and famous live

He told me he owned a mansion in Spain and I fell for it.

The mansion is set in 90 acres of beautifulunspoilt countryside.

The mansion had an atmosphere of genteel elegance and decay.

4) Renovate-verb /ˈren.ə.veɪt/-to repair and improve something, especially a building:

He renovates old houses and sells them at a profit.

5) Exhibition-noun /ˌek.sɪˈbɪʃ.ən/- an event at which objects such as paintings are shown to the public, a situation in which someone shows a particular skill or quality to the public, or the act of showing these things:

The photographs will be on exhibition until the end of the month.

There’s a new exhibition of sculpture on at the city gallery.

The athlete’s third, and winningjump was an exhibition of skill and strength

Crowds of people flocked to see the Picasso exhibition.

The exhibition will illustrate how life evolved from water.

There was a lovely exhibition of watercolors showing in town — did you see it?

Science museums are now mounting exciting exhibitions designed to draw in the crowds.

She pretends that she knows all about the latest films and art exhibitions, but it’s all a pose.

Pablo Picasso-level 3

Level 1— Level 2

Pablo Picasso once boasted,”Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.” And the artist’s words have certainly proved true, as a museum filled with his work re-opened in Paris.

But the renovation of this exhibition has certainly not been a painter’s dream with repeated delays, infighting and controversy leaving fans waiting five years to see one of the world’s largest collections of this influential artist’s work.

The museum finally opened its doors to the public on 25th of October, the birthday of Picasso, who was born in 1881 in Spain but spent most of his adult life in France before his death in 1973.

The museum’s situated in a 17th-century mansion and houses more than 5000 of the artist’s paintings, sculptures and prints, as well as his personal archives.

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1) Boast-verb /bəʊst/- to speak too proudly or happily about what you have done or what you own:

He didn’t talk about his test scores in case people thought he was boasting.

Parents enjoy boasting about their children’s achievements.

They boasted that they had never lost a single game.

2) Fill-verb /fɪl/ — to make or become full; to use empty space:

I filled the bucket with water.

I could hear the tank filling.

She filled most of her time watching TV.

figurative Happy sounds filled the room (= could be heard everywhere in the room).

3) Exhibition-noun /ˌek.sɪˈbɪʃ.ən/- an event at which objects such as paintings are shown to the public, a situation in which someone shows a particular skill or quality to the public, or the act of showing these things:

The photographs will be on exhibition until the end of the month.

There’s a new exhibition of sculpture on at the city gallery.

The athlete’s third, and winning, jump was an exhibition of skill and strength.Crowds of peopleflocked to see the Picasso exhibition.

The exhibition will illustrate how life evolved from water.

There was a lovely exhibition of watercolors showing in town — did you see it?

Science museums are now mounting exciting exhibitions designed to draw in the crowds.

She pretends that she knows all about the latest films and art exhibitions, but it’s all a pose.

4) Infighting-noun /ˈɪnˌfaɪ.tɪŋ/- competition between people within a groupespecially to improvetheir own position or to get agreement for theirideas:

political infighting

Years of infighting among the leaders have destroyed the party.

5) Controversy-noun /kənˈtrɒv.ə.si/- a lot of disagreement or argument about something, usually because it affects or is important to many people:

There was a big controversy surrounding/over the use of drugs in track and field.

The policy has caused fierce/heated controversy ever since it was introduced.

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