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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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Just Incredible

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m kelley - 4.26.2012 - 2:30 PM
The breadth of work in only 4 years is truly amazing. It's easy to get wrapped up in his world. Beautiful exhibit, and what a pleasure to see.

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M G Philly - 4.26.2012 - 2:04 PM
We drove down from the Hartford CT area with friend's to see the show, and it was well worth it. We were there on a weekend mid afternoon, so it was crowded, but enjoyable in the sense of so many people being there together to appreciate art. I was amazed by this whole new side of VVG. Loved the wheat field, undergrowth and almond blossom paintings. I am a Philly area native and have loved PMOA since I was a kid. So nice to visit again!

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Suezee - 4.26.2012 - 12:57 PM
Ditch the audio guides! Vanquish the zombie army!

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Anonymous - 4.26.2012 - 12:09 PM
I have been to Amsterdam 3 times, including the 1990 centennial Van Gogh exhibitions, plus Musee D'Orsay and other collections (including the wonderful Cone collection at the BMA here in Baltimore). I was astonished at how many new paintings there were for me to see, plus the perspective of the theme of this collection was very revealing. Loved it. Thanks you for a lovely exhibit.

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hillaryn - 4.26.2012 - 11:52 AM
Had a fabulous time this past Saturday. We spent the day at the Museum and throughly enjoyed the Van Gogh Exibit. The staff were extremely helpful and courteous.
My wife fell in love with one of the Van Gogh prints which we did purchase in your gift store and looks stunning in our home. We capped of our day with visiting our son at Temple University and a bite to eat at "Honey's" so all in all....A great day.

Thank you.

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Jim & Marianne haggerty - 4.26.2012 - 11:18 AM

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Turner - 4.26.2012 - 10:54 AM
Although I've been to the exhibit more than 2 times, I always enjoy coming. YOLO

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Adam - 4.26.2012 - 10:53 AM
Beautiful exhibit! It was so much more than I had expected, and I had expected quite a bit! Just fascinating! Rich and lovely! My girls, ages 12 and 13, and my niece, 20, very much enjoyed it, as well! Something for everyone!

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Philly Mom - 4.25.2012 - 11:46 PM
All of us who are admirers of Van Gogh paintings certainly noted his signature – just Vincent.
But there is entire world in this name; anyone would recognize Vincent and his creations. Impressionists made our vision of life different, you are looking around through their eyes and Great Vincent is one of them. Eternally grateful for the chance to visit the exhibition.

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Ida and Mike Fishman - 4.25.2012 - 8:38 PM
One of the joys of my life: having seen Wheatfields Near Auvers Under Clouded Sky. And those pink roses. And the Road Menders. Vincent, you are my beautiful darling.

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Dolores Sillhart Groff - 4.25.2012 - 6:29 PM
I've always liked Vincent's work, but seeing it on a printed page and looking at the original work is a difference of night and day. The display was was magnificent.

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Richard Lauriello - 4.25.2012 - 4:21 PM
Great! my favorite was the almond blossom painting. thank you van gogh for such beautiful art!!!!!!!!!!!

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mckenzie - 4.25.2012 - 3:54 PM
I got out of school for a good reason!!!!! AMAZING art:)

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KATE - 4.25.2012 - 3:51 PM
Really enjoyed the Exhibit with my 20 year old daughter who was fascinated! The audio was well done-no droning on and on. My one disappointment was the compact space in which you placed his almond blossoms painting-why? It needed a much larger wall and room to accommodate the crowd squeezing in at the end to see it. I would have preferred to quietly enjoy that special painting without feeling like I was being "herded" out the door!

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Debby - 4.25.2012 - 1:46 PM
A knock-out. Plenty of wonderful things, and easy to see despite the crowd.

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Bob Lefton - 4.25.2012 - 1:11 PM
I have admired Van Gogh for so many years mostly from books, and an occasional museum visit. Van Gogh Up Close augmented my admiration, especially those forest scenes: interesting. The most beautiful painting to me was the Almond Tree painting, what beautiful colors! I did miss however, Van Gogh's portrait work. It must have been difficult for the museum to aquire them for this show.

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Joe Shoe. - 4.25.2012 - 12:30 PM
A wonderful exhibit!! The audio tour was a definite plus in appreciating his works. A real loss to the world when he died so young.

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Susan and Larry Demers - 4.25.2012 - 12:22 PM
This was my 3rd visit and it was just as awesome as my first!

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Gerri Burton - 4.25.2012 - 11:52 AM
What a spectacular show-- we're so lucky to have a museum of this calibre in our town. 'm glad we decided to re-join as members.

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Ann Mintz - 4.25.2012 - 11:13 AM