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"In arranging my new apartment I see your paintings again with so much pleasure.... There's such a note of truth, of real countryside in each one."
Letter to van Gogh from his brother Theo, Paris, March 16, 1889
"I've looked most attentively at your works since we parted; first at your brother's and then at the Independents exhibition. I offer you my sincere compliments, and for many artists you are the most remarkable in the exhibition. With things from nature you are the only one there who thinks."
Letter to van Gogh from artist Paul Gauguin, Paris, March 20, 1890
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My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Van Gogh exhibit. The paintings were wonderful, of course. But, we were both impressed by the courtesy shown by all the other attendees. We all worked together to make sure each person had the opportunity to view each painting unobstructed by others. The entire experience was a treat!

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Jim - 2.7.2012 - 5:17 PM
Good selection, allowed plenty of time to absorb the paintings. missed some of my faves [still in Paris

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Jonathin - 2.7.2012 - 4:07 PM
So happy to be able to see so many Van Gogh's that I probably would never get to see, from museums all over the world and even private collections. Especially glad to see "Almond Blossom" which is my favorite of all his paintings and I would have had to go to the Netherlands to see!

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Linda - 2.7.2012 - 4:06 PM
Van Gogh rules!!!!!! for real though, i loved looking up close at the texture and brush strokes and then from afar at the vibrant color composition. it made me feel that i actually like art!favorites were the basket of apples and field of poppies, but i enjoyed so much.Go Vincent Go!!! Do that, Papi!

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Tony tone - 2.7.2012 - 4:00 PM
It was the best exhibit I ever viewed. Van Gogh's intense colors and the vibrancy of the paintings gave me goosebumps. I also saw the Zoe Strauss exhibit and it was raw and thought-provoking. It was a memorable day.

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Dianne Dillman - 2.7.2012 - 2:29 PM
This was a very inspiring way to spend a winter afternoon. Vincent has always been one of my favorites and this exhibit has reaffirmed this feeling.

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Susan - 2.7.2012 - 2:02 PM
I went to see the exhibit this past weekend and really enjoyed it! The collection did not include some of the more well known paintings, which I appreciated. I saw some new paintings I had never seen and liked seeing the Japanese art that influenced some of his work. This is definitely worth seeing, thanks PMA!!

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Sarah - 2.7.2012 - 1:19 PM
My Granddaughter and I thoroughly enjoyed Van Gogh Up Close! I've been praising this exhibition to everyone I've met! Thank you for this terrific experience!

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Elaine - 2.7.2012 - 1:04 PM
A wonderful exhibit. As always, the Philadelphia Art Museum has gone far beyond all expectations.

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ArtLuf - 2.7.2012 - 12:55 PM
Would have enjoyed hearing more commentary about his time in Arles and the effect the brilliant light and clear skies had on his work. Just returned from visit there and all local guides stressed the clarity of the light as major factor
in atristic endeavors.

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Barbara - 2.6.2012 - 2:37 PM
SUCH A MIX OF STYLES AND IMPRESSIONS OUT OF ONE MAN'S HEAD IN SUCH A SHORT SPAN OF TIME....

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DENNIS - 2.5.2012 - 4:44 PM
Terrific exhibition. It is interesting to compare it with the one a few years ago that highlighted VG's portraits. This exhibition shows that ironically he gave far more life to his "still life"s than to the portraits of people.At the same time: enough already. Please stop focusing on impressionists and pandering to predictable demand. It would be great to see exhibitions of artists from the late twentieth century historically contextualized along the lines of those Picasso or Chagall shows.

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Joe - 2.5.2012 - 4:33 PM
Loved the last painting on the tour. Nice ending!!

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Glenn - 2.5.2012 - 4:28 PM
such amazing work...seems sometimes too agitated sometimes divinely inspired. Liked too many to list but was particularly enchanted with the landscapes with the buildings in Arles. I felt the balance of his strokes inspired by nature juxtaposed with the loose architecture were so pleasing. I also loved the color. such a short career but so many wonderful gifts to all of us.

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pat - 2.5.2012 - 4:17 PM
looks like there is a face (with a smile) on the empire moth

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m l - 2.5.2012 - 4:10 PM
i love the museum i wish there was more paintings and sculptures to see around here. ps i like the chocolate coins in the gift shop

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maddy d - 2.5.2012 - 3:59 PM
Loved the exhibit. My favorite was the Almond Blossoms. Forever Van Gogh.

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Linda - 2.5.2012 - 3:57 PM
thank you very much. It was a fantastic exhibit and I appreciate all the work that went into putting it together.

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Anonymous - 2.5.2012 - 3:36 PM
I loved the painting of the undergrowth of the forest with the man and the women in the forest. It coveys a feeling of mystery and entrapment, as if you have been transported into an alternate wonderland filled with bright colors and highlights

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Ana - 2.5.2012 - 2:52 PM
I didn't see at least two of my favorite paintings by Van Gogh

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John Doe - 2.5.2012 - 2:50 PM

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