8 responses to Behold Behalt!
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    Comment on Behold Behalt! (January 7th, 2010 at 09:22)

    Hi Monica,

    I definitely found it to be very dynamic and the style of the artist Heinz Gaugel is an interesting one, where faces seem slightly grotesque yet almost alive. So it is captivating in its own way, I had just never thought of the term ‘exciting’ being used to characterize it. Though yes, I think that can fit, and I definitely enjoyed it.

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    Monica O.
    Comment on Behold Behalt! (January 7th, 2010 at 08:23)

    When we visited Behalt, I thought the same thing about the chair! Not to detract from the cyclorama which is of course, very impressive. As for “exciting”, well, it was to us. But I noticed that the visitors who stayed and looked at it the longest were other Mennonites and some Amish visitors. So perhaps how exciting it is is relevant to one’s interest in the subject.

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    Comment on Behold Behalt! (January 8th, 2010 at 06:08)

    Hi Erik,
    I just got your comment about the pictures I took in Wisconsin.
    That particular Amish school is located on Highway 21 between Northfield and Pigeon Falls. Northfield is located just off Interstate-94 between Eau Claire & Black River Falls.
    Only in the past decade or so have the Amish moved in and started farming in that area.
    linda t

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    Comment on Behold Behalt! (January 8th, 2010 at 06:13)

    Great, thanks Linda. I saw ‘York school’, so thought PA, but then the buggy was the wrong color. Amish have started a lot of communities in WI over the past couple of decades, it has been one of the most popular states for new settlements.

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    Gene Meier
    Comment on Behold Behalt! (January 6th, 2011 at 07:26)

    Heinz Gaugel is now represented in the AskArt website of artist biography. I am writing the first book from the American point of view about 19th century rotunda panoramas.These were the biggest paintings in the world, 50 x 400=20,000 square feet, housed in their own rotundas which were 16-sided polygons. Chicago in 1893 had 6 panorama companies and 6 panorama rotundas.

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    Julie Jones
    Comment on Behold Behalt! (February 18th, 2011 at 21:35)

    I was happy to stumble upon your blog because I was starting to think I’d imagined that chair. My husband and I visited Behalt years ago and I couldn’t find information about it anywhere. Now I feel better.

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    Mark Pedro
    Comment on Behold Behalt! (March 31st, 2011 at 15:52)

    My wife and I visited BEHALT a number of years ago and had the rare opportunity to spend the afternoon with the artist …he showed us many of his other paintings including those from American folklore..Johnny appleseed…Paul Bunyan ..ETC ..what became of these paintings after his death ?

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    Rhonda Blair
    Comment on Amazing (August 18th, 2011 at 20:04)


    My husband and I just returned from Berlin, ohio. The Behalt was prob the most amazing artist piece I have ever seen. I is beautiful. the tour guide was wonderful, he really brought the painting to life. what a great memorial for the Amish people

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