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Highlight's from Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum, pt 1

Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), Vincent van Gogh, 1888; the museum has a world-renowned collection of art from South Asia and Southeast Asia, with examples of this region's sculptural and painting traditions

Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), Vincent van Gogh, 1888; the museum has a world-renowned collection of art from South Asia and Southeast Asia, with examples of this region's sculptural and painting traditions

Vase of Flowers, Paul Cezanne, 1880-81; I found the museum to be very old school with lots of old money trappings; this is not a museum where you will see school groups or many young people

Vase of Flowers, Paul Cezanne, 1880-81; I found the museum to be very old school with lots of old money trappings; this is not a museum where you will see school groups or many young people

The Flower Vendor, Diego Rivera, 1941; when the Pasadena Art Museum (contemporary) morphed into the Norton Simon (traditional), it led indirectly to the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA in 1979, a project largely driven by Norton Simon's sister

The Flower Vendor, Diego Rivera, 1941; when the Pasadena Art Museum (contemporary) morphed into the Norton Simon (traditional), it led indirectly to the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA in 1979, a project largely driven by Norton Simon's sister

Woman with a Book, Pablo Picasso, 1932; originally focused on contemporary art, the museum ran into financial troubles in the 1970s; Simon rescued the museum (then called the Pasadena Art Museum) provided it devote 75% of its space to his art collection

Woman with a Book, Pablo Picasso, 1932; originally focused on contemporary art, the museum ran into financial troubles in the 1970s; Simon rescued the museum (then called the Pasadena Art Museum) provided it devote 75% of its space to his art collection

This outdoor sculpture garden area contained works by well-known artists but the best sculptures were located inside; the garden is at a busy intersection with a freeway on the third side so it's not a place for quiet contemplation

This outdoor sculpture garden area contained works by well-known artists but the best sculptures were located inside; the garden is at a busy intersection with a freeway on the third side so it's not a place for quiet contemplation

Bird in Space, Constantin Brancusi, 1931; the artist produced his first Bird in Space in 1923, eventually producing 15 variations on the theme working in both bronze (like this one) and marble

Bird in Space, Constantin Brancusi, 1931; the artist produced his first Bird in Space in 1923, eventually producing 15 variations on the theme working in both bronze (like this one) and marble

Horse Galloping on Right Foot, Edgar Degas, 1889; the Tournament of Roses Parade starts near the museum which is in Pasadena at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd and Colorado Blvd (the old route 66)

Horse Galloping on Right Foot, Edgar Degas, 1889; the Tournament of Roses Parade starts near the museum which is in Pasadena at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd and Colorado Blvd (the old route 66)

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, Amadeo Modigliani, 1918; born in Italy, the artist moved to Paris in 1906 where he frequented Picasso's studio, dabbled in Cubism and developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, Amadeo Modigliani, 1918; born in Italy, the artist moved to Paris in 1906 where he frequented Picasso's studio, dabbled in Cubism and developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol

The Swineherd, Paul Gauguin, 1888; Norton Simon purchased this painting in 1955; it was his 7th purchase (and the most significant) for his collection although Simon's wife left it to the LA County Museum of Art upon his death (it's on loan here)

The Swineherd, Paul Gauguin, 1888; Norton Simon purchased this painting in 1955; it was his 7th purchase (and the most significant) for his collection although Simon's wife left it to the LA County Museum of Art upon his death (it's on loan here)

Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur, Claude Monet, 1865; a 24 yr old Monet made his Paris Salon debut with this work, declaring an allegiance to Courbet, Manet and the Realist avant-garde

Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur, Claude Monet, 1865; a 24 yr old Monet made his Paris Salon debut with this work, declaring an allegiance to Courbet, Manet and the Realist avant-garde

Vase of Lilacs, Roses and Tulips, Gustave Courbet, 1863; best known for his early peasant paintings, Courbet's still lifes recall 17th century Dutch flower paintings which were coveted by 19th century collectors

Vase of Lilacs, Roses and Tulips, Gustave Courbet, 1863; best known for his early peasant paintings, Courbet's still lifes recall 17th century Dutch flower paintings which were coveted by 19th century collectors

Red-Headed Woman in the Garden of M. Foret, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1887; in 1929, Norton Simon invested $7,000 in a floundering juice bottling company; he eventually turned his investment into the highly prosperous Hunt Foods (think ketchup)

Red-Headed Woman in the Garden of M. Foret, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1887; in 1929, Norton Simon invested $7,000 in a floundering juice bottling company; he eventually turned his investment into the highly prosperous Hunt Foods (think ketchup)

Martin Mariano de Goicoechea, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1805; this miniature on copper is part of a group of portraits Goya painted marking his son's wedding as a souvenir for his daughter-in-law's family

Martin Mariano de Goicoechea, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1805; this miniature on copper is part of a group of portraits Goya painted marking his son's wedding as a souvenir for his daughter-in-law's family

Interior of St. Peter's Rome, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, 1735; this work is based on a piece, now in the Louvre, that was commissioned by Cardinal Melchior de Polignac, French ambassador to the Vatican

Interior of St. Peter's Rome, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, 1735; this work is based on a piece, now in the Louvre, that was commissioned by Cardinal Melchior de Polignac, French ambassador to the Vatican

Wine is a Mocker, Jan Steen, 1663-64; the artist conveys the message here that not only are those of a superior position as susceptible as the lowly to the sins of drink, but that their disgrace is more pitiable because of the distance they've fallen

Wine is a Mocker, Jan Steen, 1663-64; the artist conveys the message here that not only are those of a superior position as susceptible as the lowly to the sins of drink, but that their disgrace is more pitiable because of the distance they've fallen

Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Wide-Brimmed Hat, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633; dressed in sober black attire and and presented close-up, the sitter embodies the ideals of sobriety and modesty valued by the Dutch middle class at the time

Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Wide-Brimmed Hat, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633; dressed in sober black attire and and presented close-up, the sitter embodies the ideals of sobriety and modesty valued by the Dutch middle class at the time

Madonna and Child with Book, Raphael, c. 1502-03; together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael forms the traditional trinity of great masters of the High Renaissance

Madonna and Child with Book, Raphael, c. 1502-03; together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael forms the traditional trinity of great masters of the High Renaissance

Still Life with Rummer, Pieter Claesz, 1645; Claesz was one of the innovators of the small-scale breakfast piece, or ontbijtje, in which a few modest elements—such as a pewter plate, bread and herring—are described with a limited palette of warm tones

Still Life with Rummer, Pieter Claesz, 1645; Claesz was one of the innovators of the small-scale breakfast piece, or ontbijtje, in which a few modest elements—such as a pewter plate, bread and herring—are described with a limited palette of warm tones

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