Van Gogh Fangirling
If you live within striking distance of Philly and love art, you shouldn't miss the "Van Gogh Up Close" exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's splendid! The show focuses on Van Gogh's intense images of the natural world. As usual, his observations are unique for all time, and this show has paintings from all over the world, including many private collections. I haven't missed many Van Gogh shows in the U.S., but there were tons of paintings I'd never laid eyes on before.
Best of all, I got to go to this show, because my daughter and her friends are huge Dr. Who fans, and Dr. Who (with Matt Smith) had a travel-through-time to meet Van Gogh show, which featured a sunflower painting. I happened to mention that there was a large exhibit in Philly, and they were up for it. Of course, they had to nearly drag me out of the galleries. Here are a few of my very favorites:
They are amazingly more alive and vibrant than these images, but you get the gist. And, oh, the brushstrokes. It's so very difficult not to touch them, and - alas! - the exhibit closes 5/6.