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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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Great paintings loved the edition of traditional Japanese art. -Dylan :)

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Dylan - 5.4.2012 - 4:53 PM
The source of is theisolation walk and seeingthe truth his pain is joy

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Anonymous - 5.4.2012 - 3:33 PM
I never knew Van Gogh was so popular! So glad the museum is rakin' in the big bucks. Good crowd control, too.

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Paula - 5.4.2012 - 3:27 PM
What bold and beautiful colors and paintings. to see them in person and see the depth of the paint used and the texture really brings them to life vs just looking at a print in a book

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james fiorentino - 5.4.2012 - 3:01 PM
Very beautiful exhibit however I have a suggestion for the guards that are assigned to the exhibit. Can the museum please provide them with tall chairs to sit on. Eight hour shifts with only a 30-45 min break is inhuman. It is detrimental to their physical well being to stand for so long. I would hope that the museum will provide them with tall chairs as do the museums in Europe.

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Jim Waters - 5.4.2012 - 11:27 AM
Rain and the Farmhouse in Provenance were two of my favorite paintings by Van Gogh. Please provide seating for your guards. How do they stand for 8 Hours? Thank you

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James Matejik - 5.4.2012 - 11:27 AM
that ish cray, i have become intrigued and amazed by art

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yoseph - 5.4.2012 - 11:22 AM
My heart hurts with the beauty of his colors

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Anonymous - 5.4.2012 - 11:16 AM
i thought it was an OK gallery considering that I don't like art that much. So overall i thought is was a pretty cool gallery!!!

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John Lee-Pesotski - 5.3.2012 - 4:47 PM
It's amazing to think that Van Gogh learned to paint the paintings we think of as most truly his own by studying the work of other painters.

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Anonymous - 5.3.2012 - 4:43 PM
I now see impressionism vs. photography as some sort of a 17th-century Pat's vs. Gino's. I like this.

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Jacob Ford | @unitof - 5.3.2012 - 4:32 PM
Wonderful and well planned exhibit---Congratulations!!!

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Suzanne and Dan Crone - 5.3.2012 - 3:47 PM
My 12-year-old daughter says "It was really cool to learn everything about him." I was fascinated by the undergrowth paintings and the close-up of the sunflower heads. Beautiful and tragic.

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Joan and Sarah Otto - 5.3.2012 - 2:17 PM
I also found some of the frames fascinating, artworks in themselves, physical and strong to complement the sunflowers, for example. Also, I would have liked to have heard more about the Japanese prints. The prints shown here, were they avant-garde for their time? Japanese woodcuts dated back many centuries. Did they go through a period of "Impressionism," "Expressionism" or "Cubism" and total abstractions a la Picasso?All in all, a good show, the crowd controlled in size and respectful.Thank you for this opportunity.

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PJ Malin - 5.3.2012 - 1:47 PM
Van Gogh exhibit was very nicely done. Lines not long and exhibit not overcrowded. Excellent work.

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Pamela - 5.2.2012 - 12:21 PM
A truly excellent exhibition. Well curated and well narrated.

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Sandra - 5.1.2012 - 8:48 PM
Considering that Van Gogh used primarily black, brown, and gray almost exclusively prior to his arrival in Paris from Antwerp, it is all the more remarkable to see his brilliant, bold colors on these paintings. One can only imagine what went through his mind upon first seeing works of Gaugan and Seurat and their peers in Paris! A very fine exhibition, and well worth the visit to Philly. Thank you for all the time and effort required to bring these works together for our appreciation.

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Charles - 5.1.2012 - 8:35 PM
Brilliant!
Many thanks to all who worked to bring this to Philadelphia. From the moment I walked in I had the feeling I was looking at a once-in-a-lifetime collection. Being able to see so many of the works I have only seen in books without any hurry was a genuine thrill. No print can capture the brilliance seeing the paintings up close. PMA you are a world treasure and never fail to delight.

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David - 5.1.2012 - 5:00 PM
I enjoyed the van Gogh exhibit and I am always pleased to see such an excellent presentation, visual and aural, here at our doorsteps.
I have one suggestion that might make it easier to schedule a visit during one's busy day: could you indicate, at the beginning of the exhibit, or in your newsletter, the number of galleries involved, so as to give an idea of the time it will take to go thorough it. In this busy world that information will be very useful.
ADA BELLO

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Ada Bello - 5.1.2012 - 4:24 PM
Magnificent! Looked like they were painted yesterday. Beautifully preserved. Enjoyed every minute viewing collection.
Almond Blossom and Rain.... my favorites.
April 28, 2012

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Brenda - 4.30.2012 - 6:48 AM

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