Picasso Woman With A Book 1932
As far as private collections go in the U.S., you can't get much better than The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. I was on a mission to see that Raphael I mentioned, that had been on loan from The National Gallery and was leaving yesterday. (They have their own Raphael Madonna and Child, as well.) So, Sunday after working on two pastels over at my friend Rachel's we headed over to the museum.
Did I mention one of my resolutions for this year was to hit up a museum a month!?
I love the variety in their collection and there is no "filler." It's all wonderful. The museum itself had an interior facelift by Frank Gehry a few years ago and I am sure you would recognize the outside of the building if you have ever watched the Rose Parade!
So, if you are ever in Southern California, this is a great place to visit. OH! And with my student i.d. (thank you Italian 101) I got in free! We also found out we are aloud to draw in the museum as long at it's with a dry medium. We might just move in!
Here are a few more of my faves ...
Paul Cezanne Tulips in a Vase 1888-90
Detail - Tulips in a Vase
Check out the brushwork ... "hello gorgeous!"
(Little ode to the Oscar Nominations coming out today! Name that actor/actress!)
I remember going to this museum in Junior High and falling in love with this beautiful painting below. Check out the amazing expression on Joseph's face!
Giovanni Battista Gaulli, called Baciccio
St. Joseph and the Infant Christ, c. 1670-185
Dancers in the Wings, c.1876-78
Love the bold composition! So beautiful.
Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of a Peasant 1888
Here is the beautiful Raphael and in person it is luminescent. It absolutely glows.
The Small Cowper Madonna c. 1505
oil on wood
National Gallery Washington D.C.