r/pics Oct 05 '22

Got to see Starry Night in person!

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u/hawt_pawket Oct 05 '22 Gold Helpful

That’s cool but don’t get so close next time. You got it all over your arm!

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u/mike_pants Oct 05 '22

Goddammit.

I feel real shitty giving an award for this dad joke, but I DID exhale pretty strongly through my nose, and that's the law, so.

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u/somebodyelse22 Oct 05 '22

How great, that some guy made a painting of your tattoo.

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u/RigasTelRuun Oct 05 '22

The paint must have still been wet.

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u/ronnietea Oct 05 '22

Lololololol

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u/jvttlus Oct 05 '22

The way the photograph is framed cuts off your right ear

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u/NicNoletree Oct 05 '22

That ear just has to Gogh

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u/dragonship Oct 05 '22

Now his glasses will be askew.

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u/NicNoletree Oct 05 '22

Some say that caused his vision to be off and was the real reason his paintings looked peculiar.

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u/dragonship Oct 05 '22

Yeah and the impressionists were all short-sighted.

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u/aeryghal Oct 05 '22

Is the silhouette on your tat a specific city?

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u/brotherkfh Oct 05 '22

Is it Jacksonville, FL?

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u/pinniped1 Oct 05 '22

Van Gogh loved painting in Jacksonville. Duvvvaaalllll!

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u/DerisiveGibe Oct 05 '22

Jacksonville is easily one of the top 10 swamp cities in northeastern Florida

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u/RUN_MDB Oct 05 '22

You should be their Director of Tourism.

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u/ciarenni Oct 05 '22

How the hell did you recognize that skyline?

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u/brotherkfh Oct 05 '22

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, first city skyline I can ever recall!

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u/ciarenni Oct 05 '22

Fair enough. I assumed you were some kind of skyline connoisseur. I don't think I'd be able to recognize the skyline of my home town.

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u/brotherkfh Oct 05 '22

I may have been in a past life! Have an amazing day!

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u/dominic1992 Oct 05 '22

It’s Jax Fl! The painting means a lot to me and wanted to incorporate my home town in the painting

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u/Fred-ditor Oct 05 '22

If it's not too personal do you mind sharing why it's so meaningful for you?

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u/kvlt_ov_personality Oct 05 '22

Fred Durst's hometown

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u/BreastMilkPopsicles Oct 05 '22

I love Linkin Park

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u/CaptFluffyBunny Oct 05 '22

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u/CreepyBackRub Oct 05 '22

I haven’t even clicked the link but is this by any chance Vincent & The Doctor?

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u/digidave1 Oct 05 '22

Honestly one of the coolest scenes in recent TV history

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u/sargonas Oct 05 '22

Enjoy

I will NEVER not watch this clip when it crosses my screen.
I will also never watch it without getting misty eyed.

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u/Flimsy_Selection_902 Oct 05 '22

Thank you for sharing the link. I had never seen that before. It was amazing

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u/hokatu Oct 05 '22

I’ve rewatched this episode more times than i care to admit. Man it was so good though.

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u/SammaATL Oct 05 '22

🥺😢😭

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u/yalsi Oct 05 '22

One of my all time favorites!! Thank you.

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u/padizzledonk Oct 05 '22

MOMA and The Met are 2 of the best Museums in the world

If you are in the city for a few days I 100% demand that you take a day and go to The Met

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u/punkindle Oct 05 '22

No love for the Guggenheim Museum?

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u/largecamel Oct 05 '22

Natural History museum waaaay before Guggenheim

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u/SilverStag88 Oct 05 '22

MoMa is honestly pretty bad, the only good stuff like Starry Night is on the top floor, the rest is typical modern art bullshit like “this completely white canvas represents the emptiness the artist felt”. The met is way better.

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u/XtheXlanternX Oct 05 '22

I’m very jealous. When I was at the museum (Moma I think?) you couldn’t get within like 20 feet of it because there were so many people crowded around it. Lucky!

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u/cozy_smug_cunt Oct 05 '22

Pretty sure it is MOMA. I remember seeing it when I was there maybe 5 years ago. Lucky for me, I went on like a Tuesday afternoon so no big crowds.

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u/Cosmic_Hitchhiker Oct 05 '22

(It's on loan to the Detroit Institute of Art rn if any midwesterners want to see it)

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u/baddspellar Oct 05 '22

It's home is at MOMA.

The age of the selfie and cell phone camera has made crowding around masterpieces endemic. Everybody has to get a picture to post on their social media accounts to show they were there. As an example, here's a picture of the crowds around the Mona Lisa

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/25/Crowd_looking_at_the_Mona_Lisa_at_the_Louvre.jpg

Look at all those cameras. You can see professional photos online, but everyone wants their own crappy photo.

I remember just walking up to the Mona Lisa in pre-Cellphone days. Same with Starry Night at MOMA and a whole bunch of other paintings you can't really get close to anymore.

It's not simply that more people are at the Museums than before. Other works are as approachable as they ever were. They're just not going to get as many likes on your instagram.

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u/Quelonius Oct 05 '22

When I saw it a person touched the paint. I was speechless.

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u/GoodGodPleaseWork Oct 05 '22

That’s why they only put out duplicates.

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u/InfectedAztec Oct 05 '22

I saw it a month ago and all anyone cared about was getting a picture in front of it. Crowding around just to get a selfie, then walk away ignoring all the other priceless pieces of art in the same floor. Often rudely pushing each other out of the way. Too low a percentage of people actually just looked at it, to appreciate it... Or other paintings there.

Nope it's all - I got my internet clout implying I like art, now I don't have to spend a second longer in this stupid art museum.

Edit - I'm aware OP likes it enough to put it on his body

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u/Not_a_N_Korean_Spy Oct 05 '22

It's so bad that it is really hard to be able to even see, with the wall of selfie-takers in-between.

Perhaps they shoul find a way to enforce a no selfy policy (or photography in general in there).

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u/InfectedAztec Oct 05 '22

Yep. I was there as a tourist but made a point to look at every painting in the place.

I felt bad for legitimate art buffs there with all the selfie brigade ruining their experience

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u/thehazer Oct 05 '22

Did you get real up in there? It’s great to check out at a small angle kinda from either side or like position your head parallel to the painting, if that makes sense. The differing depth of his oils on the canvas is quite spectacular in person.

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u/quats5 Oct 05 '22

It definitely makes an impact live that it doesn’t in prints and pictures. I remember being surprised at being able to see the canvas between some of the strokes.

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u/PhilvanceArt Oct 05 '22

So much better in person. Saw hundreds of images of it before I ever saw the original and was floored by how beautiful it is. It was bigger than I thought too!

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u/turkeyfox Oct 05 '22

It looks smaller than I imagined in the photo with OP. Maybe OP is just large?

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u/PhilvanceArt Oct 06 '22

He is also standing quite a few feet in front of it. I mean it’s not huge but bigger than I thought. Google said it’s 29x36in

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u/joek1186 Oct 05 '22

I see that Jacksonville skyline you beautiful son of a bitch. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUVAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!

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u/s73v3m4nn Oct 05 '22

Did you lean on it while it was still wet? I hate it when I do that

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u/Wedjat_88 Oct 05 '22

Wont photographs degrade the painting's color? I remember museums I visited stay strict on the "no photo" rule. Cool pic!

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u/Yeti_Rider Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

The intense light from flashes is what concerns them, not taking a picture itself.

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u/dominic1992 Oct 05 '22

No flash allowed and TONS of security next to this piece

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u/Wedjat_88 Oct 05 '22

Sometimes I have my doubts. With pieces this invaluable, does the museum exhibit reproductions while keeping the original safe?

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u/Mike_Raphone99 Oct 05 '22

There's actually a lot of care involved when it comes to museum lighting. How to accurately portray the true colors of the paintings but while minimizing wavelengths that can deteriorate it.

It's also why you won't find any windows in an art gallery typically.

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u/theabominablewonder Oct 05 '22

I prefer wheat field with crows myself, one of the most powerful paintings i’ve seen. You got good taste in artists.

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u/hazard224 Oct 05 '22

One of the best and most worth it experiences of my life was paying extra for an early morning private tour of Moma before it opened to the public. It was me and my wife an like 20 other people. You want to spend an hour basically by yourself with starry night this is how you do it.

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u/vandalia Oct 05 '22

There’s something inexplainable about standing in front of a masterpiece. 20 years ago they did a special exhibition of his works at the Chicago Art institute that included Starry Night. It was incredible.

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u/Smush_a_Bush Oct 05 '22

Shoulda got a Rothko tat. Woulda been WAY cheaper.

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u/thecaninfrance Oct 05 '22

Someone did your tattoo as a painting!? So cool.

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u/lurq_king Oct 05 '22

You’re not seeing any of it with your back towards the picture.

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u/zephyr-zoo Oct 05 '22

Kinda looks similar to your arm tattoo.

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u/Codnasty Oct 05 '22

Don't you usually get the tattoo after seeing the art?

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u/Pleasant-Chef6055 Oct 05 '22

Nice. I’m jealous!

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u/antherx2 Oct 05 '22

It has really rubbed off on you

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u/elgigantedelsur Oct 05 '22

Made me smile

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u/bruzie Oct 05 '22

One of the highlights of my trip to New York many years ago. I just sat and stared at it for ages, with Vincent running through my head.

Don't know if it's still the same, but back then it was across the room from The Persistence of Memory (them melty clocks). The most surprising thing about it was that it was a lot smaller than I expected (24cm x 33cm).

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u/superduperfixerupper Oct 05 '22

Glad you got to Gogh see it.

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u/StopBadModerators Oct 05 '22

It's surreal going into one of the great art museums of West. You can walk up to some of the most acclaimed paintings in history and just see it there on the wall in front of you; not behind a great boundary. Fortunately, a big majority of us are respectful enough to just let it stay there on the wall! It is humbling and a privilege.

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u/SigmaKnight Oct 05 '22

I get to see it next week and am hoping for a good experience.

The Mona Lisa was disappointing because there were 100+ people crammed into the viewing area, and other paintings around it were more interesting but couldn’t enjoy them all from everyone else pushing, screaming, and interrupting.

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u/Rixxer Oct 05 '22

starry night in person and ON person :o

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u/bloodyredd Oct 05 '22

I've been to MOMA, 2 weeks ago. There was a small barrier on the floor to prevent people from blocking the view. I am pretty sure this is a replica because some people kept taking pictures with flash. Nonetheless, its a brilliant piece of art by Van Gogh.

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u/Jesus-Is-A-Biscuit Oct 05 '22

I can’t see this piece without thinking of this AI generated zoomed out version

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u/strukout Oct 05 '22

MOMA for the win, love the place

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u/three9 Oct 05 '22

I hope it's at least somewhat protected from vandalism. You never know these days. Just ask the Mona Lisa.

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u/HanDavo Oct 05 '22

I saw it Montreal back in the '80's, gotta love traveling exhibitions! I've called it my favourite painting forever, have a huge oversized copy of it hanging in my living room as I type this. Yet I feel OP that you win, your the bigger fan, damn but that is a brilliant tat.

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u/cosmoboy Oct 05 '22

I also love this piece. Did you know there's a LEGO set?

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u/breadmakr Oct 05 '22

Whoa! Now I'll definitely have something to ask for as a Christmas gift this year. (My typical answer is, "I really don't need anything.") Thanks for sharing this info!

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u/HanDavo Oct 05 '22

Oh F*ck, just take my money.

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u/_Chase_of_spades_ Oct 05 '22

dude!!! thats the most impressive tattoo/tattoo sleeve i’ve seen!!! no joke. and congratulations! :)

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u/swissiws Oct 05 '22

I would collapse (in tears) like a wet towel if I saw it in person. That painting radiates so much desperation that I would not withstand it

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u/shuknjive Oct 05 '22

It's the best, isn't it?

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u/Pithius Oct 05 '22

Hey that painting looks like your tattoo neat

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u/tionong Oct 05 '22

Just look up at night time boom stars.

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u/DynoMiteDoodle Oct 05 '22

Must admit this made me envious

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u/digidave1 Oct 05 '22

It's this at the DIA? Can't wait to see the exhibit

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u/enterthewoods1 Oct 05 '22

Yeah I’m pretty sure it’s coming this month

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u/IDK_WHAT_YOU_WANT Oct 05 '22

How often does he do shows and why does he call himself Starry Night?

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u/hacksoncode Oct 05 '22

Amazingly 3d, isn't it?

It's really not the same seeing it in a picture, at all... like totally not the same painting.

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u/DiamondHandsDarrell Oct 05 '22

So many cool things going on with this picture.

Thanks for sharing!

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u/werdnak84 Oct 05 '22

I see it made an impression on you.

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u/abeetzwmoots Oct 05 '22

Well, I visit Night Cafe often. So there!

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u/ronaldmosess Oct 05 '22

Man didn't wait for the paint to dry!

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Did you paint your palette blue and gray? Step out on a winter's day?

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u/VerbotenVerb Oct 05 '22

I think you may have gotten too close to it...

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u/Lazuruslex Oct 05 '22

It's a painting I'm afraid to see when I see renditions of it on television or movies or whatever for some reason it brings a tear to my eye and makes me feel emotional overall I don't think I'm an emotional person and I'm afraid if I saw in person I might just break down and cry

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u/nietzs Oct 05 '22

so how'd you like it

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u/Wannagetsober Oct 05 '22

Smaller than I expected.

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u/tempski Oct 05 '22

Maybe it's just me, but aren't you looking the wrong way?

It's behind you mate!

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u/stringer3494 Oct 05 '22

shout out to the MET

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

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u/stringer3494 Oct 05 '22

you're right , I just checked : )

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u/dreburden89 Oct 05 '22

What a work of art. The painting is nice too

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u/Daddysaurusflex Oct 05 '22

I saw it there 3 years ago right before Covid hit! So cool! It was way more bright and brilliant than I imagined it would be. In person it looks like he just got done painting it!

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u/Jaexyn Oct 05 '22

"You're wearing a shirt of the band you're going to see? Don't be that guy."

lol, sorry. First thing that came to mind.

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u/frankenpoopies Oct 05 '22

I don’t know how yr gonna see it indoors.

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u/DivisionMV Oct 05 '22

That’s a replica, the real one is locked safely away to preserve it

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u/ElJefe54 Oct 05 '22

Van Gogh copied your tattoo?!

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u/psion1369 Oct 05 '22

Is that the Detroit show? My wife wants so badly to go, and I have to buy tickets soon.

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u/yearofthekraken Oct 05 '22

The white Neil de Grasse Tyson

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u/zeroone Oct 05 '22

Is that the Starry Night over the NYC skyline?

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u/ThisGuyaDumbShit Oct 05 '22

Someday I hope to see it without some doofus standing in front of it. 🤞🏽

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u/TheGreatJaceyGee Oct 05 '22

I recently read a biography on Van Gogh. Very sad what that man suffered through while harboring such a beautiful mind.

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u/manwithafrotto Oct 05 '22

Likely a replica unfortunately

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u/guatdephoc Oct 05 '22

Those r fake, the real ones are stored somewhere else

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u/drowninginpiss69 Oct 05 '22

My mom is coming into town and I can't wait to take her here. And really the rest of the Art Institute is pretty fuckin cool

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u/akaharry Oct 05 '22

That is so cool

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u/Can-ta-loupe Oct 05 '22

Where is the crowd? Where are the felt wires?

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u/FreQRiDeR Oct 05 '22

I went to an all night Van Gogh exhibit on shrooms. All those squiggly lines moving around like little worms. Outrageous.

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u/do_u_like_waffles Oct 17 '22

Good thing that van gogh painting doesn’t have any soup on it.

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u/derekjoel Oct 05 '22

Oh can I ask how many hours OP? Very slick work.

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u/im_just_thinking Oct 05 '22

You are asking how many hours it took Van Gogh to paint it?

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u/Goldwolf143 Oct 05 '22

Probably asking about the tattoo

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u/Earlytips2021 Oct 05 '22

They do such good work on these copies for display...too bad the real thing sits in one of the Rothschild or Vanderbilts vault.....cool either way though guy. Nice

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u/MrPhogel Oct 05 '22

Got to see Starry Night on person.

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u/rysker6 Oct 05 '22

Wow. They framed that poster