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I used to live around the corner from the Phillips and I would go there all the time. It was free in those days. Now that they are charging, I have sort of avoided it except for special exhibits, since I know the permenant collection by heart.

I finally bit the bullet and bought a membership so I can just go any time I want. After the modest tax write off, it makes sense.

I still love that Renoir, but now I am starting to grow very fond of another painting in the same room; Van Gogh's Public Garden in Arles. Speaking of which, there are three Van Goghs in the collection, one from Arles, one from St. Remy and one from Auvers. Last time I was there, I didn't see the one from St. Remy. I had meant to ask about it but didn't.

Ever been to Auvers-sur-Oise? It's an easy day trip by train from Paris. You pull into town, head to the tourist office and get a map and you can walk the town viewing subjects painted by Van Gogh, many of which have not changed, like the spooky L'eglis d'Auver. Visit Dr. Gachet's garden where strange herbs still grow, and the ratty little room where Van Gogh died. His grave and that of his brother Theo are also there.

Not cheap eats, but lunch in the old rooming house where Van Gogh lived is very nice. Try the lamb.

One other place not to be missed in Auvers is the atelier of Daubigny.

Auver is also closely associated with Pissaro. I believe Dr. Gachet had treated Pissaro too.
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