Monday, August 16, 2010


Today we visited the lovely Norton Simon Museum. If you get a day to spend there I heartily recommend it, but even a few hours is time well spent.

We were a bit pressed for time, so we had priorities. Vincent for me! They have a collection of seven!
Mulberry Tree, October 1889

Vincent van Gogh 
Dutch, 1853-1890
Oil on canvas
21-1/4 x 25-1/2 in. (54 x 65 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
© 2010 Norton Simon Art Foundation

Rembrandt for my companion. They had a few paintings on display, but the Museum owns an extensive collection of drawings and sketches that aren't on display. Which annoys me to no end.
Self-Portrait, c. 1636-38

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669
Oil on panel
24-7/8 x 19-3/4 in. (63.2 x 50.2 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
© 2010 The Norton Simon Foundation

They also have quite a few of Degas' pieces and with which I intensely enjoyed broadening my acquaintance.
After the Bath, c. 1890-93 (dated in error by another hand: 1885)

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917
Pastel on tracing paper mounted on cardboard
26 x 20-3/4 in. (66 x 52.7 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
© 2010 The Norton Simon Foundation

There were some lovely Corots.
The Cicada, 1865-1875

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
French, 1796-1875
Oil on panel
18-1/4 x 14-5/8 in. (46.4 x 37.2 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© 2010 Norton Simon Art Foundation

The museum also has a few pieces by Toulouse-Lautrec. Upon leaving we were presented with a souvenir in the form of a print-- my favorite by this artist in their collection!
At the Cirque Fernando, Rider on a White Horse,1887-1888

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864-1901
Pastel and drained oil on board
overall: 23-5/8 x 31-1/4 in. (60 x 79.5 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© 2010 Norton Simon Art Foundation

The Getty was undeniably fabulous! If I had a chance to go to one of them again though (always depending on what the current exhibitions are ) I'd jump at the Norton Simon.

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