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Visiting an exhibition in person is a much richer experience than visiting online. Read the thoughts and impressions left by others during the run of the Cézanne and Beyond exhibition.

Heartfelt "thanks" to the curators and the museum. I managed to see the show for the 4th time last Saturday evening. Each time I stayed longer and was awed more and more by the connections back and forth to Cezanne and through Johns, Marsden, Leger, Giacometti, DeMuth, etc. etc. (Finally, I "get" Cezanne's Bathers series and its importance; something that was illusive to me before this exhibit and the members' tour.)

Walking through each room was like taking a world tour through provenance upon provenance. My heart stopped several times in front of my old friends from your 1995 Cezanne exhibit, especially Madame C in her Red Chair (Boston). The company she kept this time, frankly, blew me away. Picasso's "The Dream" ... amazing (can't we get the Wynns to part with her??)

You continue to uphold A. D'Harnoncourt's legacy beautifully, and I will raise my membership level today...and challenge others to do so (I don't live near Philly, either).

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Vera - 6.6.2009 - 10:23 AM
After months of planning to get to this exhibit, my wife and I were lucky to be able to attend on May 30, the final weekend of the show. Having been a student of art my entire life, I was extremely moved by this extraordinary tribute to the master, Cezanne. I walked around and around the exhibit for hours with a broad smile and an open heart. My wife and I loved every feature of this show from the general concept to the collection and even the audio tour, of which we are normally not very fond. Well done. Sincere thanks to all involved.

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JOHN - 6.2.2009 - 5:51 PM
I really enjoyed this exibit. I am gald I caught it on the last day. I love Cezanne's work, I think he is better than Picasso. My questions is why only after his death did he get rewarded for such great work. Thank you.

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Delenaw - 6.1.2009 - 9:52 AM
My wife and I were very disappointed with the Cezanne exhitbit. The concept was distracting and ineffectual. We found ourselves searching for Cezanne.

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David Korman - 5.23.2009 - 10:11 AM
A huge thank you to the curators and those who made this exhibition possible. It was wonderfully imagined and thought out. The audio tape was, for once, a welcome addition instead of an intrusion. When you see a Cezanne next to a Kelly or Marden, you fully understand what a pwerful force Cezanne was to both the art world and the world as a whole.

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Kathleen - 5.18.2009 - 10:55 AM
I am a member of the museum; I have been to your shows for years and years. I have visited museums and seen shows in cities across the nation and in Europe. This is probably one of the most profound, moving and educational exhibits I have ever seen. Thank you. Thank you!

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Carrie - 5.16.2009 - 12:16 PM
I'm so glad I saw this exhibit. The audio tape was a real help toward appreciating Cezanne's influence. My most favorite encounter was with the watercolors of Charles Demuth -- I would VERY much like to have a print of his "oranges in a bowl"! Please -- can you make this possible!

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Sarah - 5.13.2009 - 2:53 PM
I can't even express how wonderful this exhibit is. If you have the chance, you must see it. It is incredible, it will open your eyes. Don't miss the extra room, across the large hall from the main exhibit. It's been extended until May 30th, please don't miss it!

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Anne - 5.11.2009 - 9:18 PM
My husband and I enjoyed Joseph Rishel's podcast about the show before we attended. We also found that the audiotape was informative and well organized. Listening to the audio also reduced the effect of the crowded rooms with very positive results.

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gwenngebhard - 5.10.2009 - 8:42 AM
My wife and I really enjoy the museum and the special exhibits, but it is really annoying when people take cell phone calls or worse, walk directly in front of you while you are viewing a picture. Are rules of etiquette ever discussed by the museum? I know it is difficult to police everyone as to proper behavior when in the museum, but can anything be done?
Richard Eastwick

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Richard Eastwick - 5.9.2009 - 8:31 PM
While this was similar to the Cezanne to Picasso exhibit at the Met a few years ago, that exhibit focused on the impressive repertoire of the art dealer who worked with Cezanne, Picasso, Gauguin, etc.

The Phila Art Museum's exhibit has opened my eyes to the vast influence of Cezanne in so many masters' works. I had no idea many masters reinterpreted C's work.

Even though I had seen a number of the pieces that were in the exhibit already, the presentation of the works provided incredible new insight. I'm still thinking about the relationships between the pieces days later and will continue to do so whenever I see a Max Beckmann, Picasso, Jasper James, Giaccometti, etc.

Wonderful exhibit! Thank you!

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LLPA - 5.1.2009 - 6:58 PM
Beautiful... just stunning.

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Anonymous - 4.30.2009 - 5:38 PM
Seeing all the juxtapositions puts a lot of modern art into perspective for me, which, indeed, is what Cezanne did, put perspective into modern art.

The works speak for themselves, but the exhibit is exceptional, an extraordinary opportunity; well worth the day trip I made from California (yes, California).

I was left with one discrepant feeling...I felt the Kelly Ellsworth LAKE 1 piece should be seen from eye or horizon level, rather than floating up there in the sky.


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eanmdphd - 4.29.2009 - 4:43 PM
Originally Posted By Gabyconstanza
Does anyone know if this is the same exhibit that was NYC at the Met a couple of years ago?????

This is not the same exhibition. Cézanne and Beyond was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will only be shown in Philadelphia.

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Web Team - 4.28.2009 - 10:56 AM
Does anyone know if this is the same exhibit that was NYC at the Met a couple of years ago?????

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Gabyconstanza - 4.28.2009 - 10:50 AM
I took the day to travel with a friend from NY to see the show. The Philadephia Museum of Art is a beautiful place. The Cezanne show was wonderful. The juxtaposition of the artists so one could go back and forth and back and forth to see the influences and varied interpretations was so enriching to the experience of seeing Cezanne as well as the other artists within their own creative paths. Great great show!

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Jennifer V - 4.23.2009 - 2:53 PM
I enjoyed this exhibition and if you get the chance you should take advantage of this rare opportunity. I didn't think I would care for the "and Beyond" additions, but they actually made it more interesting.

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justme - 4.22.2009 - 4:31 PM
Anony-mouse on 3/4 has utterly missed the point. It is not the role of EVERY exhibition to present local artists, or the diversity s/he found lacking here. By looking only for those things (important things, for sure, but not all there is to be had and appreciated in art history), s/he has missed out on the *most* glorious show, it would seem. Congrats, PMA.

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Mermaid - 4.22.2009 - 3:15 PM
I have taken inspiration from Cezanne in my own work, but to see the vast number of great masters from Picasso to Johns who have also been touched my Cezanne's genius was awe inspiring. This was by far the best exhibition I have seen in Philadelphia in quite a few years. Bravo!

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Michael Barone - 4.10.2009 - 11:44 AM
My husband and I appreciated the Cezzane exhibit and would have enjoyed it even more if it hadn't been so crowded. Our appt time was 11:30-12 noon on tues 4/7. We could not study the paintings as we had hoped because people were walking in front of us or we couldn't get in front of the paintings. We attended your Degas exhibit several years ago and found it to be delightful, we took our time and could appreciate every painting.

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Ann - 4.8.2009 - 9:01 AM