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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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Superb. Visually stunning, intellectually stimulating and emotionally moving. A great experience.

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Ed - 2.2.2012 - 10:03 PM
What a wonderful exhibit. The audio accompaniment enhanced the experience and helped me understand the events in VanGogh's life and how they affected his work. By the time I reached Almond Blossoms, I had tears in my eyes.

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Lorraine - 2.2.2012 - 9:23 PM
What Van Gogh? The "no stroller policy" in the exhibition space made it virtually impossible for me see let alone have a pleasant experience with my children. Yes, I was the woman stranded in the way back of the hall with my screaming 25 lb. one year old in my arms. He would have been perfectly content in his stroller and perhaps nobody would have noticed us at all. Instead, I had to dodge looks of horror and disgust from other art viewers, even a person in a wheelchair. How is a wheelchair different from a stroller? After the show I was told there were baby carriers available at the coat check. Unfortunately, the coat check attendant had no idea what I was talking about... Thank you to the nice women at the information desk. I will gladly pay the $25 again if the ridiculous policy is lifted.

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Gretchen - 2.2.2012 - 8:03 PM
Members preview was a wonderful treat... didn't catch as many sharp elbows or cell phones....This collection was a bit of a Pleasant surprise... Not as many STAR paintings but completly enjoyed our time with the lesser know works. Van Gogh's use of vibrant color always exites....We would gladly buy this Artist a good bottle of wine for a brief conversation ... Great Job Philadelphia Art Museum !!! Restaurant week Home Run....

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Lorrie & John - 2.2.2012 - 7:09 PM
The paintings were exquisite. I loved every minute and would love to see them all again. My only complaints are that I have to purchase another ticket for $25( but I miss them so much already that I will do that )and that the reproductions in the store, the posters cards etc, with the one exception of the exhibit book were awful and hardly bore any life to them. The book was pretty good.

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Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian fine artist painter - 2.2.2012 - 7:07 PM
The paintings speak for themselves, but the commentary was helpful, even when pointing out the obvious which may not be all that obvious, like the high horizon lines. I liked the use of music in the commentary, and Joe Rishel's emotional directness. I liked the quotations from letters, especially the one to his sister, where he explained that his use of vibrant color was revenge for unhappy conditions of his life, poverty, illness, etc. So bought a vibrant colorful shirt in the gift shop, for revenge, wore it to my tight wire class, and told everyone to go see Van Gogh.

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Dave Giillies Give and Take Funicular Circus - 2.2.2012 - 6:40 PM
The show was very nice. I bought the book and will enjoy looking through it. However, the audio tape was terrible. The "curators" spoke unintelligently and had little to say of relevance. Instead of elaborating on the selected paintings, like extrapolating on why Van Gogh may have painted a particular painting, all the man said was that the it was bright and fun and wonderful. Does he really think his audience is so uneducated and stupid? Does the Museum think so, too?

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John Croddy - 2.2.2012 - 6:34 PM
I shouldn't have chosen the member's night on a Friday. Chaos! I am going back to the lecture and
book signing and see the show agin. I just finished "Leaving Van Gogh"
a must read for all those who love Vincent.

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Lydia Hamilton Brown - 2.2.2012 - 5:58 PM
We loved this exhibit and have already passed on the good word. Really enjoyed the extra freedom of space while attending a members' preview day and will take advantage of the thinner crowds in the future.

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Linda A. - 2.2.2012 - 5:53 PM
I agree with Mr. Kenjorski's comment. I have just finished reading "Van Gogh," the most recent and detailed biography of Van Gogh in which the authors give a more probable description of Van Gogh's death by gunshot wound. It is a MUST read (forget the gun question) it is a magnificent biography. I am almost halfway through it (almost 900 pages) but am fighting not to put it down. Cook supper? Forget it.

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mrsjocko - 2.2.2012 - 5:33 PM
From the moment we entered the exhibit to the time we left we were enthralled and moved by the Works of the great man. The exhibit was excellent. The recorded tour audio added to our enjoyment, It was so good to see the variety of Art Institutions that were part of the Exhibit. Here was Van Goth in his most sublime and his joy of life as I looked upon the "Dancing Wheat Stacks" from the Dallas Museum and the sadness of the Painting from his Hospital room.
A Must see Exhibition>

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Yale Sanders - 2.2.2012 - 5:15 PM
Loved the exhibit but I wish you still carried individual postcards. I did not need 25 just a few momentos.

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mia - 2.2.2012 - 5:05 PM
Everything about this exhibit was extraordinary: the selection of works, the inclusion of photographs and Japanese prints, and the audio commentary. Joe Rishel's comments, however, contributed nothing enriching. All other aspects of the exhibit genuinely reached out to all museum-goers. Rishel's pomposity reminds me of a patronizing condescension that has grown tiresome and out of place.

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violet - 2.2.2012 - 4:39 PM
There is only one word that can capture this exhibition--CATS!

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CATHY - 2.2.2012 - 4:31 PM
We have seen many exhibits at PMA and other museums. The Van Gogh paintings were outstanding! It was the best exhibit ever. He was an incredible painter.

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Caroline - 2.2.2012 - 4:29 PM
VAN GOGH'S FLOWERS BROUGHT AN EARLY SPRING TO PHILLY!

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TONY - 2.2.2012 - 4:27 PM
I ordered members tickets to be delivered by US Mail through the ticketing service ,very early. 2 weeks before, they had still not arrived so I called the ticketing service and was told they had been just mailed out. They never did and I had to call the day of our time and pick up at "will call". Is there a systems flaw?

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john valentine md - 2.2.2012 - 4:23 PM
der vicent isn gude!

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David Humml - 2.2.2012 - 4:16 PM
This was an awesome exhibit. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will tell everyone I know to make an effort to see it.

Thank you so much for all the efforts that went into a remarkable collection.

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Pat - 2.2.2012 - 4:15 PM
schoene ausstellung ich finde den vincent ober cooli!!

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tim weber - 2.2.2012 - 4:15 PM

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