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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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But I do like the snowy paintings

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Pepperjack - 2.15.2012 - 11:04 AM
it was very interesting..........................................................................................................

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the 5th avocado - 2.15.2012 - 11:04 AM
I don't like the still lives.

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Pepperjack - 2.15.2012 - 11:04 AM
I like the sheaves of wheat.

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Pepperjack - 2.15.2012 - 11:02 AM
Interesting show with good focus. I liked the connection made with Japanese woodblocks. Saw no reason to include photography since Van Gogh supposedly did not care for photography, it felt like a filler.
Quite disappointed by the comments, they were not very useful, did not add much at all and did sound condescending.

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Michele - 2.15.2012 - 10:37 AM
Came here at 11AM on Sat 2/11. Did NOT enjoy the beautiful exhibit due to the over crowding. Waaay too many people, because the museum personnel did NOT ensure that ticket holders entered at their ticketed times. No one checked tickets when you lined up, so people who arrived early went in early, - before others who had tickets for that time. When I questioned this, no one seemed concerned or did anything about it. This defeated the whole point of controlling crowd flow by having timed tickets. Even though the selection of work was wonderful and the exhibit was nicely curated, I could not enjoy it because I couldn't SEE it. Extremely frustrating! Others in the exhibit were complaining about this also. What a shame. I expected more from PMA.

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Unhappy Patron - 2.15.2012 - 5:14 AM
I was to exhibit Sat. 11th 1PM. It was crowded but sort of O.K. I was very impressed with the landscapes, not as much so with his floral still lifes. As an artist, although I love the brush work I don't like centered vases. Audio tour was pretty poor. Compliments on he large no. of works, and background on Japanese prints and also photos from the time.

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Maurice M. Margulies - 2.14.2012 - 10:41 PM
Excellent exhibit, despite no "Starry Night" or "Self Portrait". Seeing "Sunflowers" compensated for whatever was missing. Enjoyed everything except the crowd.

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Joanne McDade - 2.14.2012 - 8:57 PM
I think I got very lucky with a 12:30 pm visit last Wed, not really crowded and a good flow by the attendees. I was able to enjoy each painting and the 'audio' was a great addition. I recommend reading the Up Close book on Van Gogh. I was not aware of his short career, family dysfunction, and the way he died. All very tragic. Great artist, great show.

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C. Stephen Ward - 2.14.2012 - 6:56 PM
Loved the exhibit. Didn't love the crowd. I'm sure there is a science to how many people can be viewing the art and having an optimal experience. This morning at 11 was not optimal. Way too many people admitted at one time.

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Toni - 2.14.2012 - 4:57 PM
I found inspiration in the beauteous brush strokes of one Vincent van Gogh. The up close perspectives forced one to ponder even the smallest living things of the earth.

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Sean T. Stokes - 2.14.2012 - 4:02 PM
The narration was often quite tedious, simplistic and spoken in a condescending tone. I usually turned it off before reaching the end.

Too much psychological interpretation of the paintings, yet (ironically) little acknowledgment of Van Gogh's tortured existence.

Compared to the Rembrandt exhibit, this was a major disappointment.

Sorry. I really wanted to like it more!


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Anonymous - 2.14.2012 - 2:21 PM
one thing that inspired me was the big trees

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LUKE - 2.14.2012 - 1:13 PM
i liked the sunflowers.

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jack mchugh - 2.14.2012 - 1:11 PM
I think it's so cool!!!!!!!!!!:)

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Michelle L - 2.14.2012 - 1:11 PM
I LOVE ALL THE PAINTINGS THEY ARE SO EXICITING AND THEY ARE SO COLORFUL! THEY ARE ALL SO BEAUTIFUL! I CAN'T WAIT TO COME BACK!!!!!!!!!

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FRIED CHICKEN - 2.14.2012 - 1:02 PM
the tour was awesome! My art class is learning about Vincent Vangogh. We are working on Starry Night. I can't wait to come here again

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cassie reyes - 2.14.2012 - 1:02 PM
The paintings were so cool but where was Stary Night??? Seriously !!!!

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David Burr - 2.14.2012 - 12:17 PM
Check out the plane trees! Man, those trees are enormous! I am hungry, let's eat!

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Allan - 2.14.2012 - 12:11 PM
i loved all of the pictures they were so creative i just loved them they are so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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peantbutter - 2.14.2012 - 12:07 PM

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