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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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Lots of paintings that we were not familiar with, so that was cool. Such sweeping and thick brush stokes certainly made for the vibrant art that is Van Gogh. A wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning!

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Chuck, Nancy, and Alex - 2.5.2012 - 12:17 PM
I loved some of the vivid colors in some of his paintings!

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Ana - 2.5.2012 - 12:11 PM
I thought this exhibit was wonderful! The Sunflowers were absolutely ENCHANTING! i will definetly come back to this enchanting exhibit that moved me, i felt like a flying praying mantis

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Crustashia Liverpool - 2.5.2012 - 12:08 PM
That was cool

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bob - 2.5.2012 - 12:00 PM
I really enjoyed the exhibit because of the vibrant colors and technique used to apply the paints. I loved it! (llamas)

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Carly - 2.5.2012 - 11:50 AM
It was an amazing opportunity to see the works of a man who was so under appreciated in his time. I wish I could stay here for the rest of my life.

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Emily Kane - 2.5.2012 - 11:17 AM
I enjoyed the exhibit very much and saw paintings by Van Gogh that I had not seen previously - especially the "Garden."

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John L Jones - 2.4.2012 - 8:53 PM
Both the recorded narrative and the written introductions to each picture were captivating and interesting. I learned much yet it was very humane in its description of the artist, his life and his growing technique. I have never seen such a vibrant description of an artist that was so alive and interesting. Thank you, Diane

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Diane B from Wilmington, DE - 2.4.2012 - 7:59 PM
lovely exhibit and glad to see it was not just paintings recycled from the museum's own collection.

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linda - 2.4.2012 - 5:44 PM
Joe Rushel (sic.) has a riveting voice!

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Bruce - 2.4.2012 - 4:43 PM
What a feast for the eyes. The paintings on exhibit were a rare treat... not even published in books. These world treasures are in Philly - a Super Bowl of Mastery in Art.

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Judy - West Orange, NJ - 2.4.2012 - 4:34 PM
I loved this exhibit, specially the almond blossom and the man in the forest with the woman.

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Naomi - 2.4.2012 - 4:33 PM
eh i liked the sunflowers

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joho - 2.4.2012 - 4:22 PM
aNice show, lots of paintings from minor museums, which one would never see in the US,. Well curated. DId not understand the role of photography, but the japanese prints were a nice side addition. The shop is awesome.

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donna - 2.4.2012 - 4:12 PM
Really glad I was able to see this -- interesting, illuminating and worthwhile

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Brian - 2.4.2012 - 4:11 PM
Great exhibit.Brilliant artist, tormented soul.

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David - 2.4.2012 - 4:09 PM
FRENCH -LOVE IT

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BOB THE B - 2.4.2012 - 4:07 PM
very cool exhibit

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niko karwacki - 2.4.2012 - 4:04 PM
hi

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niko - 2.4.2012 - 4:02 PM
that was a really cool exhibit. i loved it

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michael garcia - 2.4.2012 - 3:55 PM

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