‘Van Gogh Up Close’ at Philadelphia Museum of Art
By ROBERTA SMITH
Published: February 2, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/arts/ ... wLNwr7JKmQ
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“Undergrowth With Two Figures,” from 1890, part of the 45 paintings by van Gogh in a show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
.PHILADELPHIA — Vincent van Gogh was shaken but also calmed by nature. The natural landscape inspired some of his most implacably innovative paintings, roiled of surface, ablaze with color and steeped in feeling. They are blunt, irresistible instruments for seeing. Yet nature — and its tiniest details in particular — also sharpened his visual acuity and soothed and comforted his often unstable personality.