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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 WAS AMAZED BY ALL THE ART

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JUSTIN KLEPPEL - 4.11.2012 - 12:56 PM
I didnt like it alot, but it was quite relaxing, so relaxing that I could sleep! I am 9 yrs old, and my parents made me come here. my mom is an artist, but not a star, we would like her to be, so she apparently liked it.

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Katie Meagher - 4.11.2012 - 12:11 PM
The Collegeville Girls were here!!

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Tina, Jill - 4.11.2012 - 12:07 PM
The exhibit was simply amazing. Vincent Van Gogh is an inspiring and empowering artist. His work is simply beautiful, the colors, images, and brushstrokes create pictures of outstanding beauty. Anyone who sees this will always remember such an amazing experience.

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Eli - 4.11.2012 - 11:54 AM
That was pretty darn awesome!! I thought everything was pretty interesting and I'm a teenager... I also liked it a lot because one of my favorite shows(Doctor Who) had a Van Gogh themed episode and a lot the paintings I saw, I could relate to somehow. :)

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Julia - 4.11.2012 - 10:52 AM
As a frequent visitor to PMofA, this was the most disappointing big show they ever put on. where we're the classics from his later years????? Emptying visitors into that horrible gift shop was a total insult!

Look for more negative reviews on yelp.

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Jphphila - 4.11.2012 - 4:09 AM
I was disappointed in the unchallenging audio accompanying the otherwise interesting show. The audience can tolerate a little art history-- sources, legacies, influences. The commentary doesn't have to be all simple naming of places and pointing out of brush strokes.

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Elinor - 4.10.2012 - 9:46 PM
I came away with a new assessment of the man and his work and respect for his spirituality and grace. A beautiful show.

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kathryn - 4.10.2012 - 8:27 PM
Enjoyed the art work,however,for the second time, the coupon given out to spend in the general gift shop is unfamilarto the clerks there. For the second time, the clerk could not operate the computer, they need more training.

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Paula Amuso - 4.10.2012 - 7:31 PM
I thought it was a very fine exhibit and well displayed. I am very glad I saw it. The section "Undergrowth" was a revelation to me. I appreciated too that there were many paintings. And I particularly appreciated that many of the paintings were not well-known. I found it well-taken that the guided recording drew attention to the joyful and sensuous nature of many of the paintings. The customary narrative of van Gogh's "anguish" can be so tiresome--and, finally, often so inappropriate. Well done PMA. I came from Texas with Kimbell exhibits on my mind and I was not disappointed.

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aimee - 4.10.2012 - 6:05 PM
A HUGE disappointment! Overpriced! Expected docent-led small group experience. Having 2 or 3 docents with ASK ME buttons didn't suffice. Headphones should only be used as adjunct.

Lunch was overpriced as well and was not honestly presented in your on-line description as BUFFET ONLY.

Coming from New York, I can only say I'll be cautions about returning for one of your "special exhibitions.

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Sue - 4.10.2012 - 5:44 PM
it was soooo awesome!!!!

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Anonymous - 4.10.2012 - 4:43 PM
I LOVED THE ARTS! I EVEN BOUGHT A PAIR OF EARINGS! AWESOME! IT IS SO WICKEDLY AWESOME! except that i was bored cause we couldnt actually touch or even lean on the walls. but otherwise, i thought it was wickedly cool!

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JULIE - 4.10.2012 - 4:36 PM
It was amazing!! His floral and fauna portraits were the prettiest. I really enjoyed the last two, the one he made for his nephew and the one on the corner next to it. He did wonderfully with blues and greens. The ones with harsh green and many color of green backgrounds with soft, light pink flowers/roses were really pretty. I really enjoy it when I get to see Van Gogh's work and your museum has really pretty pictures to show it off to the public! :)

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Caroline - 4.10.2012 - 4:34 PM
It was good, but too still and quiet- showed the more boring side of his work. Needs variety!

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Lia - 4.10.2012 - 4:24 PM
I thought the exhibit was pretty good I wanted more information on his life first. There was also little seating. I also liked the direct quotes form Van Gogh. All things included the exhibit was worth seeing.

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Eva - 4.10.2012 - 4:24 PM
i loved the exhibit. amazing, however one of the policies that was enforced on my exit left me with a bad taste. a young man was sketching. i get no photography or video. isn't stopping someone from sketching or drawing like sensoring an artist. it seems that museums are to promote art and to encourge art.....

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a traveling knitter - 4.10.2012 - 4:08 PM
This exibit is for people who love nature or for anyone who appreciates art. I myself enjoyed the exibit because of the abstract side of Van Gogh.

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Ryan - 4.10.2012 - 4:02 PM
Thanks for pulling together a lot of VAN GOGH, and for the historical info. I never knew that his impressionistic work was done in four years. My theory is that you have to stand back at least 20 or 30 feet to see the painting as the artist intended. Try it.

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Larry Porter - 4.10.2012 - 3:40 PM
ehh

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Vincent Van Gogh - 4.10.2012 - 3:36 PM

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