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"May the day come-and perhaps soon-when I can flee to the woods on a South Sea island, and live there in ecstasy, in peace and for art."

~ Gauguin to his wife, Mette, February 1890


IT WAS OK NOT REALLY. BBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNGGGG

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CHOW GIRL - 8.12.2012 - 3:07 PM
this visit has left me with an altered understanding of Arcadia. The paintings have definitely re-defined my vision of what Arcadia should be. The art depicted purity and leisure in landscapes that sometimes seemed surreal. What an amazing collection! Truly enjoyable.

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JORGE A - 8.12.2012 - 2:39 PM
My wife and I had a very enjoyable time today at visions of Arcadia and learned much of of this idyllic naturalist artistic vision in this era.

The exhibit is much more than Gauguin, Cezanne and Matisse. I realized how this movement and spirit spanned many artists of the time in the 19th and early 20th century. the exhibit showing Poussin from the 1600s showed how the movement also well proceeded the era of Cezanne and Gauguin as well.

Very nicely done. Worth a special trip.

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Joel C, Delaware - 8.12.2012 - 2:08 PM
verry interesant but a bit long

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lietar - 8.12.2012 - 2:08 PM
It was okay. Gaugaunaunu was good. everything else was poo poo

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Cakeair - 8.12.2012 - 1:53 PM
Lacks the discipline to paint clothes. Too many nymphs. The wrong ones should be removed.

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Mike - 8.12.2012 - 1:51 PM
It was interesting that women and women's bodies figured so prominently in the art, but there wasn't much comment about the status or state of women in society as these male artists knew them. Were they trying to redefine how women were/should be viewed or were they wistful about a time when women were different?

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DEBORAH - 8.12.2012 - 1:37 PM
lulz

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James Joyce - 8.12.2012 - 12:19 PM
The common theme of bathers nakedness and eroticism was beautifully portrayed. I do wish that the 777 music would have allowed for a longer play cycle. I kept turning back to it. It set the theme very well.Thank you for the thoughtful thread and connection from the many artists that we see so often. It is eye opening and heart warming.

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Jennifer Faller - 8.12.2012 - 11:29 AM
I agree with Franz Mark in that Arcadia is completely abandoned by humans and will never be, unfortunately because only the animals know the way.

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Thought - 8.11.2012 - 4:51 PM
Titian mentioned but once (and if more, I missed it; my fault), but no other citation of the Venetians? Warum?Still, a marvelous show. Oh Philly, how we lieben you!

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Dick - 8.11.2012 - 4:41 PM
I love Joe! Nothing is just a cigar to Joe. Everything has a hidden meaning beyond the most common notion. I would love for him to critique one of my Facebook pictures with my friends and me at bar in a drunken state!

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The Dude - 8.11.2012 - 4:37 PM
My dream of Arcadia exists strongest in my mind but it wpuld be my pleasure to compare it to the reality of a visit to Bali or Tahiti then paint it all. Th exhibit was lovely and inspiring

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Naomi - 8.11.2012 - 4:22 PM
Lovely exhibit. We traveled here on our 7th wedding anniversary to be surrounded once again by beautiful art. Peace and Love

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Lou and MaryRuth Rera - 8.11.2012 - 3:29 PM
Loved the exhibit and the abstract paintings caught our eye.

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Harts - 8.11.2012 - 3:18 PM
A vivacious land full of color and life. Home to those who are at peace with nature, each other and themselves. Where life is a cycle of life, death, truth and falsities. A place where age and fakeness do not matter and the value of a person's courage and inner beauty is the foremost thought. The question is : Is this place a reality or fiction?

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Elle - 8.11.2012 - 2:39 PM
It's fascinating to me the "bandwagon" mentality that occured during this time period. . . everyone harkening back to antiquity to define what is pure and true in the sense of subject matter. Matisse manages to break the wall down and get in touch with what was really important about harkening back to antiquity: harnessing the beauty of nature. He executes this in the most poetic way possible; tackling form and texture in the most imperfect and elegant manner possible.

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Ross - 8.11.2012 - 1:30 PM
Arcadia is the environment every artist wants - a place to fail, succeed, disappear, dream; moreover, a place to learn more about yourself.

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Creative Yeti - 8.11.2012 - 1:21 PM
AWESOME

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pizzaman - 8.11.2012 - 11:21 AM
AUSGEZEICHNET

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bob singer - 8.11.2012 - 11:19 AM

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