VanGogh - Up Close and Personal

Christine Crowley By Christine Crowley, 17th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I just returned from a visit to the VanGogh exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and had to share it with you.

VanGogh - Up Close and Personal

What a wonderful exhibit! If you have never been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, now is the time to go. The VanGogh exhibit - Up Close and Personal - is there through May 6th. Timed tickets are required and can be ordered on-line or by phone. Timed tickets include general admission to the museum. You get in a winding line to get into the exhibit. Ear phones and tape machines which hang around you neck are handed out. Most paintings have numbers on them and you punch in the number and listen to a curator telling you all about the painting you are looking at.


The first section you come to is flowers - in vases or not. The sunflowers is the star of the show and takes a prominate spot. My personal favorite is the Cornflowers and Poppies. Such vibrant colors I have never seen. I want it in my livingroom. (I know - not a chance.)

Wheat Fields

The next section you come to is wheat fields - many different paintings depicting wheat fields in all of the seasons. If you look closely you can see a poppy springing up at the edge of the wheat fields.


This next section is a series of paintings of vineyards. You can almost taste the grapes as they are hanging on the vine. Turn them into wine, quickly!

Japanese block paintings

I did not know this but VanGogh was very interested in Japanese block paintings and had an extensive collection. About 40 of these are on display. He hung them all over the walls of his home.


While VanGogh was not a photographer, many artists in his time used a photograph to snap the item to be painted and use it for reference. Apparently VanGogh looked down on this - but who knows if he didn't use it also.

The remaining section

The remaining sections has paintings with many different subjects. My favorite was a painting he did for a friend's child's room. It was a branch of an almond tree in full bloom against a bright - and I mean bright - blue sky.

There is a gift shop at the exit of this display and has so many wonderful items to complete your day with VanGogh.

This is a must see if you are in the Philadelphia area. Remember - get your timed tickets early as I'm sure they will be hard to come by as the weeks wear on.


Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum Of Art, Travel, United States, Vangogh

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author avatar richardpeeej
18th Feb 2012 (#)

What a true artist Vincent VanGogh was Christine my friend. I like his vase of Sunflowers so much, such vibrant yellows..Thanks for sharing your visit

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author avatar ittech
18th Feb 2012 (#)

interesting writing again . Thnx for sharing .

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author avatar Val Mills
18th Feb 2012 (#)

I too like the Cornflowers & poppies. Nice sharing of your experience here.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, all. I enjoying sharing experiences with you. Keep reading! And writing!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
21st Feb 2012 (#)

Very wonderful, thanks:0)

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