Monday, July 7, 2014

Museum Monday - Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

We drove home from LA on the 4th of July and were able to stop off at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. As a special treat the museum offered free admission for the holiday. Neither of us had been there before and we were enchanted by the museum layout, the lovely grounds and the wonderful collection. They allowed non-flash photography and I was able to get some snaps of a few favourites.  The angles are a bit strange on some as I was avoiding reflection off the glass. We will definitely return to see more, a wonderful museum experience!

 Van Gogh - Portrait of the Artist's Mother

 Van Gogh -  The Mulberry Tree

 Van Gogh - Portrait of a Peasant  

Renoir - Young Woman in Black

 Rivera - The Flower Vendor

Wallace Berman -  Untitled

From the museum's website - The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a thirty-year period 20th-century industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Among the most celebrated works he collected are Branchini Madonna, 1427, by Giovanni di Paolo; Madonna and Child with Book, c. 1502-03, by Raphael; Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, 1633, by Francisco de Zurbar├ín; Portrait of a Boy, c. 1655-60, by Rembrandt van Rijn; Mulberry Tree, 1889, by Vincent van Gogh; Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878-81, by Edgar Degas; and Woman with a Book, 1932, by Pablo Picasso. Highlights from the Asian collection include the bronze sculptures Buddha Shakyamuni, c. 550, India: Bihar, Gupta period, and Shiva as King of Dance, c. 1000, India: Tamil Nadu; and the gilt bronze Indra, 13th century, Nepal.
In 1974, Norton Simon and a reorganized Board of Trustees assumed control of the Pasadena Art Museum, taking up management of its building and incorporating its important collection of 20th-century European and American art with the outstanding collections of the Norton Simon foundations. Highlights from the PAM collection include the Galka Scheyer Blue Four Collection, a body of works by artists Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, Alexei Jawlensky, Vasily Kandinsky and others assembled by art dealer, scholar and muse Galka Scheyer; post-war American art, particularly from Southern California-based artists including John Altoon, Larry Bell, Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Richard Diebenkorn, Llyn Foulkes, Sam Francis, George Herms, Robert Irwin, and Ed Ruscha; and a photography collection comprised of works by Ansel Adams, Lewis Baltz, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Frederick Sommer, Edward Weston, and Minor White, among others.
Approximately 1,000 works from the permanent collection of 12,000 objects are on view in the Norton Simon Museum’s galleries and sculpture garden throughout the year. There are two temporary exhibition spaces within the Museum; the curatorial department mounts three to five exhibitions centered on the collection, and one special masterpiece loan, per year. 


  1. I didn't know it was your first visit. A holiday celebration! What I like best about the Rose Parade is that it's in Pasadena and the tv cameras always show the Norton Simon. There used to be a little par-3 gold course on that land. And that blue background in the Van Goghs! xo

  2. Marylinn - Our first, but definitely not our last. We're eager to go back and see more. It is such a lovely space with a wonderful atmosphere.

  3. Sorry we didn't get to see you. I hope everything went well. Greetings to Margot!

  4. Chris - Things are moving along. Feel pretty good most of the time, and have energy to do art!