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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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Everything was amazing. Looking at paintings was like being in a dream.

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Annalise - 4.21.2012 - 11:33 AM
Is Starry Night on display?

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Bill - 4.20.2012 - 7:51 PM
i loved every thing! especially the last one.

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taylor - 4.20.2012 - 7:05 PM
Better than I imagined. Thank you.

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jlmcglinn - 4.20.2012 - 7:01 PM
beauty makes me want to cry

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chinadaahl - 4.20.2012 - 6:21 PM
The exhibit was wonderful! I loved how he used his brushstrokes.

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Sophie - 4.20.2012 - 4:05 PM
GREAT!Was very impressedBUTEXPECTED MOREA small period of his life

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M - 4.20.2012 - 11:14 AM
I felt drawn to this exhibit. Really needed to experience it. So glad I did. Presented in a really beautiful way. The audio was enlightening. All of the paintings were a surprise. Lots of positive energy from such a troubled soul.

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Ginny Kaiser - 4.20.2012 - 9:45 AM
We went last week, on a Tuesday morning. I have enjoyed many shows at the museum over the years. This show was an astounding disappointment, and left me feeing "burned"for having spent so much, for so little. The show was WAY oversold, the gallery sections so overcrowded it was impossible to see many of the paintings from more than 2 feet away, and there was a complete lack of organization to how the paintings were shown. The audio was worthless, as the narrarators said nothing that lent insight into anything about any of the pieces, other than to describe them. A description is not needed when you are looking at the painting. What is needed, if the audio is to be of help, it to provide commentary that adds context about what is important about a given piece. Since the paintings were not organized in any way, not chronologically, not thematically, not stylisitically, it was impossible to gain insight into the scope of these "up close" paintings of VVG. This is not to suggest that the paintings were not great. It is VG...of course the work was wonderful. But the SHOW was extremely disappointing, and very expensive. The rest of the PAM, however, was wonderful, as usual.

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J. Leeis - 4.19.2012 - 9:34 PM
I sat and remembered why Van Gogh touched me so, so many years ago.

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Marina from Rockaway Beach - 4.19.2012 - 9:12 PM
"Van Gogh Up Close" allows the viewer to experience the world through Van Gogh's eyes.

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Brian T. Maurer - 4.19.2012 - 8:39 PM
Our group of six travels frequently to see art exhibits. A few years ago we went to LA to see a very comprehensive Van Gogh exhibit. Your exhibit was absolutely beautiful and inluded many paintings from later years in VVG's career which none of us had ever seen before. The paintings had a much different (and a mature controlled) "feel" to them. If all we had seen was the "Almond Blossoms" painting it would have been worth the trip!! We also spent quite a bit of time viewing the PAM's permanent collection. ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!! Add in Brnadywine, Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Gettysburg, and the really freindly people of Phillie, and we had a trip to remember.

Thanks so much to all for making our stay so enjoyable

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Van Gogh was spectacular.We learned so much. We took our 18 yr old and our 14 yr old and it was a terrific day. Seeing Van Gogh and just being in the Art Museum was a recepie for a wonderful family memory.

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Anonymous - 4.19.2012 - 3:58 PM
Paid a special fee to see the exhibit on Mon. April 9 (Museum is closed on Mondays). So worth spending the extra money to spend extended time in front of each painting.
There were docents in each room and I took part in some lively discussions. The docents were knowledgable and genuinely happy to share their love of VanGogh.
My head was spinning when I saw a few of the paintings were from private collections. Can you IMAGINE having a VanGogh in the dining room? (Me neither, lol.)
I am from NY and saw The Drawings exhibit a few years ago. The Met doesn't charge extra for special exhibits. Needless to say it was extremely crowded. While the crowds were respectful 99% of the time, I was rarely "alone" with a painting.
To have the luxury of time in front of a work was beneficial in seeing details I would normally have missed out of frustration.
I went through the entire exhibit and went back to the beginning again to re-visit my favorites. "Undergrowth with Two Figures" caught me off guard. Those lavender trees...who knew? "Almond Blossoms" - the delicate brush strokes would almost have you believe it wasn't a VanGogh. What a lucky nephew to have this as a gift for being named after Uncle Vincent!
Too many others to mention.
Wonderful exhibit, PMA! It filled my heart with joy! Vincent, this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you!

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Ann Marie Pozzini - 4.19.2012 - 3:56 PM
We attended during a recent weekday. Yes it was crowded at mid-day. If you want to avoid the crowd, arrive earlier or later in the day. The audio tour, for a pleasant change, was just right in terms of the length of its individual passages. And, if you want more privacy to help you ignore the crowd, turn off the sound but leave the headphones on.

I'm not sure the landscape paintings quite fit into the theme; perhaps they did tangentially. Overall, a superb exhibition. Well worth a visit.

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Anonymous - 4.19.2012 - 3:27 PM
I could stand here for hours...

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Bobert - 4.19.2012 - 2:18 PM
The is such a range of emotion and imagery from dark internal thought to bright blossoming life.

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joe L. - 4.19.2012 - 2:14 PM
Van Gogh was so amazing and inspiring. I want to go out into nature and paint now!!

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Andrew and Christine - 4.19.2012 - 1:00 PM
Seeing his art makes me more apt to pursue my own talent. His work was powerful and inspiring. Also a man collapsed during the exhibit and I thought he was dying. They ushered him off but not before he wet himself. This was a memorable experience.

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Jason - 4.19.2012 - 12:48 PM
wonderful exhibit.... the best !!!

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carol,wendy.joyce - 4.19.2012 - 12:00 PM