My wife and I went to the Hermitage Museum on October 5, 2012. The Van Gogh museum was undergoing repairs and the Van Gogh's were temporarily housed here. We spent around 5 hours viewing both the Van Gogh exhibit and the Impressionists exhibit. I am a Van Gogh fanatic and my jaw dropped looking at the different paintings during Van Gogh's life. From the early Potato Eaters, to Blackbirds in a Wheatfield, the totality of Van Gogh's life can be seen. There are letters Van Gogh wrote to Theo on display as well. The audio tour says Van Gogh committed suicide, but the latest scholarship believes he was murdered by some teen age hoodlums in town that would taunt him. The Impressionist exhibit is marvelous and should not be missed. I love Impressionism and to see Monet, Cezanne, Manet, etc. on display was breathtaking. If you go, there is a sit down restaurant with table service near the cafeteria. If my wife and I noticed it beforehand, we would have eaten there, as the cafeteria selection was bland.
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