By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Museum of Art‘s new Van Gogh exhibit opened today to the public.

In an exhibition tited “Up Close, ” there was barely a sound as visitors walked very slowly through the special Van Gogh gallery to see 46 works produced in the artist’s later years.
The works feature still lifes and landscapes painted in France by Van Gogh during a four-year period spanning 1886 to 1890.

Gail Harrity, the museum’s chief operating officer, says visitors will find an easy guide to the exhibit.

“There’s a wonderful audio tour that also explains the history of his work and allows you to better appreciate the brilliance of his paintings,” Harrity tells KYW Newsradio.
To say some were captivated by what they saw might be an understatement.

“You absolutely feel yourself going into that forest, sitting right with the flowers or the fruit,” said one visitor.

“It’s incredible to see his work live. You so many pictures of it, you don’t realize the depth,” said another.

Timed tickets are required for the exhibition, which runs through May 6th.


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