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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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I liked the part with the wheat.

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Cassey - 2.3.2012 - 7:18 PM
Beautiful show, the best I have seen here at the PMA. Only wish that you also had "Starry Night".

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Julie Swope - 2.3.2012 - 6:49 PM
i loved this so mush

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F***ER - 2.3.2012 - 5:35 PM
We have been members of the museum for some time and have enjoyed many previews. This was our first first problematic experience. Parking was a MAJOR problem. My husband is handicapped and there was no handicapped parking available nor general parking either. The exhibit was quite crowded as well. I understand that construction was an issue but my suggestion is to extend the number of days of member previews to accommodate all members comfortably.
The show itself was wonderful!

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Pat Stitzinger - 2.3.2012 - 4:34 PM
I have a few kudos and criticisms. I loved the paintings and especially the Blossoming Almond Tree (and of course the Sunflowers). I also enjoyed learning about Van Gogh's connection with Japanese art.

However, I felt that the experience was rendered less enjoyable by two things - firstly, the fact that for the member preview, the rooms were really quite crowded. The space didn't seem large enough for the number of people that were in it. We were constantly being bumped into by people wandering listening to their audio guides. While this is not by any stretch of the imagination the only museum to have this problem, I felt that some of the rooms could have used much more ample space to create at least a few lanes of circulation rather than having to negotiate through crowds.

As well, I found that for the most part, the audio guide was pretty light on content. Apart from the fact that there was a connection to Japanese art, I found that the comments by the curators were somewhat on the light and fluffy side which overall didn't add a whole lot to my enjoyment of the paintings.

I did very much enjoy the opportunity to experience these paintings in person and I would certainly recommend the exhibit to anyone who wants to experience the works of a true master.

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Mik - 2.3.2012 - 4:20 PM
My favorite thing was almond blossom! I really liked the colors they were really really pretty

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alexandra age 8 - 2.3.2012 - 3:04 PM
Great museum. Greetings from RUSSIA!

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Raphael - 2.3.2012 - 2:37 PM
The show was fantastic ... I did not realize the depth of his work -- The museum curators have out done themselves .... we enjoyed the show and was impressed, however, one painting was missing .... can you figure which one??? Starry Night!We were told it was in NY, alas maybe they'l have it next time. The audio equipment really enhanced our experience.

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readRsolutions - 2.3.2012 - 2:32 PM
There were, unfortunately, some aspects that put a bit of a pall on the day. The fact that we were not able to take personal photographs in the exhibit was very bothersome. For me, the fact that I couldn't take a photo with "Sunflowers" was a true disappointment. This painting has great personal meaning as an inspiration, both personally and as an artist. The fact that I traveled over 3 hours to see this work in the permanent collection only to learn that it was moved into the exhibit where I couldn't take a photo with it saddened me.

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M. A. Parks - 2.3.2012 - 1:29 PM
The paintings were stunning -- but of course they are, they are Van Gogh! However, I found the no photography policy completely stupid, as was the request that I not wear my SMALL purse on my back, but carry it in my arms like a baby. The museum guards were bored and kept us "moving" like cattle through the exhibit - not letting us really stop and explore the paintings. My audio guide didn't work properly, and I missed half the audio explainations -- and the other half were geared for a 6th grader. Seriously, did that curator really say "it was fun"??? You couldn't think up a better word than FUN???? Total waste of my $25. And unfair, moving sunflowers from the permanant collection where it could be photographed to the special exhibit where it couldn't be. Shame on you.

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Christin - 2.3.2012 - 1:19 PM
The word was "fraud". Perhaps in this context it will pass the robot. My writing was not all negative. The McIllheny rain scenre is a truly great painting. Virtually all of Van gogh's drawings are superb. I recommend buying one or more of the several books in the shop at the exit.

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Peter D. Schnore, - 2.3.2012 - 12:55 PM
My appropriately very critical comment was not accepted by "the system" although I used no language stronger than calling the exhibition something of a display of dishonesty.... as is the Museum's consequent censorship.

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Peter D. Schnore, Art Matters writer, 1990-99 - 2.3.2012 - 12:46 PM
I now have a new perspective of Van Gogh's work...such depth and texture that 2D photos cannot replicate. Must see in person.

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Veo - 2.3.2012 - 12:10 PM
The paintings in this show reveal the oft tortured soul of Vincent, whose short yet stormy and turbulent life -- as illustrated through these insightful selections -- was punctuated by fleeting periods of relative calm. This is evidenced by many examples where painterly observations of his surroundings are contrasted by the many frenetically vivid, sketchy, and seemingly rushed compositions. One can almost sense his state of mind during the process. I found myself imagining his state of mind: "Must... complete this... now...the headache has become too much to bear."

His innovative (yet almost childlike) use of radiating lines run like ripples from the center of many pieces, like a rock dropped into a lake of thoughts. His use of pointillism to fill voids in several compositions also seems to hint at his state of mind. They combine to whisper to us: "I must race to finish!"

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Jim Naughton - 2.3.2012 - 12:04 PM
The show was wonderful ...vibrant colors member preview was a pleasre ...commentary on audio was WEAK.....PMA always presents a wonderful exhibit....Van Gogh's view through the bars was amazing....Talent madness ....

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Lupinacci - 2.3.2012 - 10:24 AM
just amazing! Some of the ladscapes from private collection I had never seen I cried when I saw the Blossoms and Almond tree that Vincent gave to Honor Baby Vincent.
1 question : Due to his Geshwind Syndrom he had always signed his sunflowers and early work
"Vincent" BUT a lot of the later paintings were unsigned Perhaps it was on the back stretcher pieces.

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Prof.Mahler - 2.3.2012 - 8:46 AM
I really was enthralled by this exhibit. There were some paintings from private collections that were just gorgeous - and which we may never see again. It just made me happy to be there.

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Anonymous - 2.3.2012 - 7:10 AM
Well conceived exhibit -- some less celebrated works as well as old favorites, paired with interesting commentary. Just enough without being overwhelming.

Too bad the Museum does not understand that this is an international exhibit in a city that likes to see itself as world-class. English-only commentary? Really? We can do better than that.

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Anonymous - 2.3.2012 - 6:01 AM
Wonderfull up close look at the paintings and the masters work. The naration was a nice touch for those that did not know of his life and the specifics of some of his works.

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Ed - 2.3.2012 - 5:50 AM
A wonderful and compelling experience! Photography could not possibly capture the dimension and complete beauty of the work.

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Carl N- - 2.2.2012 - 10:06 PM

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