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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Norton Simon Museum![Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864–1941), Variation: Chris...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Norton Simon Museum!

[Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864–1941), Variation: Christmas, c. 1915, oil and pencil on textured wove paper, Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection]

We are very grateful for your continued interest in and support of the Norton Simon Museum. We wish you and your family ...
12/24/2019

We are very grateful for your continued interest in and support of the Norton Simon Museum. We wish you and your family a lovely holiday season!

Please note our upcoming holiday hours before your next visit:
Tues, 12/24: CLOSED
Wed, 12/25: CLOSED
Thur, 12/26: Open 12–5 pm
Fri, 12/27: Open 11 am–8 pm
Sat, 12/28: Open 11 am–8 pm
Sun, 12/29: Open 11 am–5 pm
Mon, 12/30: Open 12–5 pm
Tues, 12/31: Open 12–4 pm
Wed, 1/1: CLOSED 🌹
Regular hours resume 1/2

Happy first day of winter! Dutch painter Aert van der Neer specialized in winter scenes and moonlit landscapes. Despite ...
12/21/2019

Happy first day of winter!

Dutch painter Aert van der Neer specialized in winter scenes and moonlit landscapes. Despite the lively activity he depicts, the artist is mainly interested in conveying the winter season’s dramatic light and color effects. The tinted light of the setting sun, as it is refracted by the clouds and moist atmosphere and reflects on the neutral landscape, provides the true subject of this enchanting painting.

[Aert van der Neer (Dutch, 1603–1677), Winter Scene with Figures Playing Kolf, 1655–60, oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation]

Vassily Kandinsky was born on this day in 1866. Kandinsky explored the expressive and spiritual character of color, line...
12/16/2019

Vassily Kandinsky was born on this day in 1866. Kandinsky explored the expressive and spiritual character of color, line and shape freed from the constraints of description and narrative. His treatise, “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” (1910–11), addressed this balance between the abstract and the representational in his work. Music was a primary source of inspiration for abstractions where the dynamic shapes and lines suggest movement and hint at the recognizable.

View more works by Kandinsky in our collection: bit.ly/NSMKandinsky

Edmund Teske produced a varied body of work typified by dream-like imagery, include this photograph of dried roses. He e...
12/05/2019

Edmund Teske produced a varied body of work typified by dream-like imagery, include this photograph of dried roses. He experimented with multiple images, montage and a technique he invented in the late 1950s known as duotone solarization. When he exposed a negative or a fresh, lightly fixed print to bright light, the silver particles in the paper expanded, and the dark and light tones of the print reacted by reversing. Much like an alchemist seeking to transform known elements into something new, Teske added photochemicals that created streaks, stains and colored residues of purple, russet and orange-gold. The process was unpredictable, and no two prints were the same. In his emphasis on the material quality of the photograph, a result of his darkroom machinations, Teske leapfrogged over traditional expectations of how photographic images were to be produced.

Teske’s “Untitled (Close-up of Dried Roses)” is now on view in "Beyond the World We Know: Abstraction in Photography." bit.ly/BeyondtheWorld

[Edmund Teske (American, 1911–1996), Untitled (Close up of Dried Roses), c. 1960, Gelatin silver duotone solarized print, Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist, © Edmund Teske Archives—Laurence Bump/Nils Vidstand, 2019]

12/04/2019
The Frick Collection

As part of our ongoing reciprocal exchange program, Manet's “Madame Manet,” “The Ragpicker,” and “Still Life with Fish and Shrimp,” are currently on loan to the The Frick Collection for their special exhibition, “Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum.”

Enjoy this talk on "Madame Manet," by David Pullins, exhibition curator.

David Pullins, exhibition curator, discusses Manet’s “Madame Manet,” (ca. 1876). This painting is included in our current exhibition of three works by the artist from the Norton Simon Museum.

For a closer look, see here: https://www.frick.org/exhibitions/manet_norton_simon/3

Georges Seurat was born on this day in 1859. He is best remembered as the inventor of Neo-Impressionism, a technique tha...
12/02/2019

Georges Seurat was born on this day in 1859. He is best remembered as the inventor of Neo-Impressionism, a technique that used tiny dabs of contrasting color to create continuous images. This study—one of eight he devoted to the labor of stone breakers—precedes Seurat’s revolutionary new technique by several years but already indicates his departure from the high Impressionist style. Picked out with short strokes of contrasting color, a pile of stones at the center of the composition appears convincingly pulverized, broken down from masses into particles, from form into color.

Georges-Pierre Seurat (French, 1859-1891), The Stone Breakers, Le Raincy, c. 1882, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation

Happy Thanksgiving 🍁! Enjoy Frans Snyders's feast for the eyes, "Still Life with Fruit and Vegetables," 1625–35..The Mus...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving 🍁! Enjoy Frans Snyders's feast for the eyes, "Still Life with Fruit and Vegetables," 1625–35.
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The Museum is closed today and will be open on Friday, November 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Frans Snyders (Flemish, 1579–1657), Still Life with Fruit and Vegetables, 1625–35, Oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation

Visitors to our 19th-century art galleries will notice a special visitor—Paul Gauguin’s “The Swineherd” (1888), on long-...
11/26/2019

Visitors to our 19th-century art galleries will notice a special visitor—Paul Gauguin’s “The Swineherd” (1888), on long-term loan from LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This painting was once owned by Norton Simon, and it was one of the first significant works of art that he purchased. We’re happy to reunite “The Swineherd” with other works from Norton Simon’s collection of post-Impressionist art for the next year.

Please note: The Museum will be closed on Thur, Nov 28 (Thanksgiving) and open from 11:00 am–5:00 pm on Fri, Nov 29.

[Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903), The Swineherd, 1888, oil on canvas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Lucille Ellis Simon and family in honor of the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary]

NOW ON VIEW: “Beyond the World We Know: Abstraction in Photography” is an intimate exhibition that features innovative a...
11/22/2019
Beyond the World We Know: Abstraction in Photography » Norton Simon Museum

NOW ON VIEW: “Beyond the World We Know: Abstraction in Photography” is an intimate exhibition that features innovative and experimental artworks by some of the 20th century’s most celebrated photographers, including Barbara Morgan, Frederick Sommer, Arthur Siegel, Minor White and Edward Weston. Seen together, the works on view demonstrate how abstraction as a nonrepresentational, visual language played a significant role in bending the expectations of the medium esteemed for its ability to record what the eye sees.

“Beyond the World We Know” is on view through April 20, 2020. bit.ly/BeyondtheWorld

These two tulip watercolors are pages from a Dutch “tulpenboek” or Tulip Book. Tulip books were originally commissioned ...
11/21/2019

These two tulip watercolors are pages from a Dutch “tulpenboek” or Tulip Book. Tulip books were originally commissioned by growers, gardeners, and bulb merchants in order to record their inventories or to serve as sales catalogues. While tulips are most often associated with the Dutch countryside, these vibrant flowers originated in the Ottoman Empire (modern day Turkey), and arrived in the Netherlands via trade during the 16th and 17th century. The popularity and prices of tulips skyrocketed leading to one of the first recorded economic bubbles before the market crashed in 1637.

These images are now on view in our Pastel Gallery, and represent only two of about 160 pages from the "Great Tulip Book."

[Great Tulip Book: Branson (left) and Root En geel Van Katolijn (right), 17th century, Gouache on paper, Norton Simon Art Foundation]

Nicolas Poussin died on this day in 1665. He is considered to be one of the great French painters of the modern world an...
11/19/2019

Nicolas Poussin died on this day in 1665. He is considered to be one of the great French painters of the modern world and he is revered for developing a personal, innovative and rigorous style based on classical precedents and the High Renaissance. Through precisely orchestrated narratives, and the concentration of emotional response, Poussin produced paintings of outstanding originality.

[Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594–1665), The Holy Family with the Infant St. John the Baptist and St. Elizabeth, 1650–51, Oil on canvas, Jointly owned by the Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena and The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles]

Happy birthday, Claude Monet, born on this day in 1840. Monet was a key figure in the Impressionist movement. In the inc...
11/14/2019

Happy birthday, Claude Monet, born on this day in 1840. Monet was a key figure in the Impressionist movement. In the increasingly fast-paced world of 19th-century France, his desire to capture a single moment through the filter of personal experience had special relevance, calling attention to the transience of modern life. These three works by Monet are all currently on view in our galleries.

Join us this Friday, November 15 at 5:30 pm for a screening of “Casque d’Or” (1952). Director Jacques Becker lovingly ev...
11/13/2019

Join us this Friday, November 15 at 5:30 pm for a screening of “Casque d’Or” (1952). Director Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the belle époque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster moll Marie (Simone Signoret) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Serge Reggiani), their passion incites an underworld rivalry that leads inexorably to treachery and tragedy.

Free with Museum admission. More info: bit.ly/36DZOhr

Did you know that while Ellsworth Kelly was in the army, he was in a special camouflage unit called “the Ghost Army,” st...
11/11/2019

Did you know that while Ellsworth Kelly was in the army, he was in a special camouflage unit called “the Ghost Army,” staffed largely by young artists? After the war, Kelly used the G.I. Bill, a government program that provides educational assistance to veterans, to study first at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Here is an installation photo from our 2018 exhibition "Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly."

Bolognese artist Guido Reni was born on this day in 1575. He was commissioned by Cardinal Emilio Sfondrato to portray St...
11/04/2019

Bolognese artist Guido Reni was born on this day in 1575. He was commissioned by Cardinal Emilio Sfondrato to portray St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, as though she was communicating, by means of music, with the heavens above, for a church he built in her honor in Trastevere. The artist’s gift for depicting outward beauty and pious sentiment combine movingly in this fictive portrait of Cecilia.

[Guido Reni (Italian, 1575–1642), Saint Cecilia, 1606, oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation]

For the next few months, the Museum presents a new installation of rarely-seen works of art in our pastel gallery while ...
11/01/2019

For the next few months, the Museum presents a new installation of rarely-seen works of art in our pastel gallery while most of the nineteenth-century pastels are on view in “By Day and by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque.” This temporary display provides an overview of the light-sensitive objects in the Museum's collection of European art, from Pierre Bernard’s pastel portraits of two Austrian archduchesses to a watercolor still life by Emil Nolde.

We’ll be highlighting these works throughout the next few months, but we hope you’ll stop by to see this special installation.

Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881. He was the most influential artist of the 20th century. Across eight decades...
10/25/2019
Pablo Picasso at the Norton Simon Museum » Norton Simon Museum

Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881. He was the most influential artist of the 20th century. Across eight decades and countless media, he pursued new modes of representation in a career characterized by ceaseless change and experiment. Learn more about Picasso and his work in the Museum's collection: bit.ly/InFocus_Picasso

Belle Époque Paris was famous for its vibrant entertainment scene. With cafés concerts and the opéra, masked balls and t...
10/24/2019

Belle Époque Paris was famous for its vibrant entertainment scene. With cafés concerts and the opéra, masked balls and the circus, the city offered something for everyone—and at a variety of price points that made such amusements more accessible than ever. Artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas capitalized on these dynamics by depicting the spectacle of Paris nightlife offstage and behind the scenes.

See these works and more in "By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque," on view through March 2. bit.ly/NSMBelleEpoque

10/16/2019
Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum

As part of our ongoing reciprocal exchange program, our three paintings by Manet are currently on loan to the The Frick Collection for their special exhibition, “Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum,” on view through January 5, 2020. While our Manet paintings are in New York, enjoy this introductory video produced by the Frick Collection on the three paintings.

David Pullins introduces the exhibition 'Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum' on view at The Frick Collection from October 16, 2019 through J...

There’s more Hitchcock to see in town this October with our friends at LA Opera! Experience PSYCHO on the big screen, wi...
10/15/2019
Psycho | LA Opera

There’s more Hitchcock to see in town this October with our friends at LA Opera! Experience PSYCHO on the big screen, with live violins taking the shower scene to a whole new level. Shown in the cavernous Spanish Gothic Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown LA.

Use code ALFRED20 for a 20% discount on tickets, visit LAOpera.org/Psycho.

Hitchcock’s masterpiece of suspense on the big screen is accompanied by a live performance of the hair-raising score played by the LA Opera Orchestra.

10/04/2019
"By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque"

NOW OPEN: "By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque" celebrates the innovative spirit of art and culture in Paris during the belle époque through a selection of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs by artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and Eugène Atget. On view through March 2, 2020.

More info: bit.ly/NSMBelleEpoque

Wishing a sweet new year to those who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah tonight![Paul Sérusier (French, 1864–1927), Still Li...
09/29/2019

Wishing a sweet new year to those who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah tonight!

[Paul Sérusier (French, 1864–1927), Still Life with Apples and Violets, 1890–1891, oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon]

Happy first day of fall!In Georges Lacombe's "Autumn: The Chestnut Gatherers," the repeating pattern of fallen chestnuts...
09/23/2019

Happy first day of fall!

In Georges Lacombe's "Autumn: The Chestnut Gatherers," the repeating pattern of fallen chestnuts and golden leaves creates an almost musical rhythm, complemented by the dance-like movements of the gatherers, arranged in a graceful frieze.

Like Sérusier, Vuillard, and Denis, Lacombe was a member of the Nabi brotherhood, a group of artists who drew inspiration from Gauguin and the Synthetists, producing pictures organized around the abstract principles of pattern, color, and surface.

[Georges Lacombe (French, 1868–1916), Autumn: The Chestnut Gatherers, 1894, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation]

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, William Crutchfield (1932–2015) received a traditional studio training at the city’s Herr...
09/18/2019

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, William Crutchfield (1932–2015) received a traditional studio training at the city’s Herron School of Art and later at Tulane University in New Orleans. In 1967, he moved to Southern California and settled near the shipyards of San Pedro, amid views of the bustling Port of Los Angeles. This industrial setting provided the artist with plenty of inspiration for his mechanically derived artwork.

"AIR LAND SEA: A Lithographic Suite by William Crutchfield" is on view through November 4. bit.ly/AIRLANDSEA

08/30/2019
The Sweetness of Life: Closing September 9

Making plans for the long weekend? Don’t miss “The Sweetness of Life: Three 18th-Century French Paintings from The Frick Collection” before it closes on September 9! bit.ly/SweetnessofLife

The Museum will be open with our normal hours, including Monday, Labor Day, from 12:00–5:00 pm.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was born on this day in 1780. A brilliant draftsman with a gift for line, Ingres is regard...
08/29/2019

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was born on this day in 1780. A brilliant draftsman with a gift for line, Ingres is regarded as one of the greatest portraitists of the 19th century. Few artists succeeded in presenting their subjects as impeccably attired as Ingres. In this portrait of Baron Joseph-Pierre Vialetès de Mortarieu, Ingres masterfully captured surface textures, as evidenced by the soft curls of hair, the weight of his blue-black coat and the sinuous rhythms of his crisp white collars and cravat.

[Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780–1867), Baron Joseph-Pierre Vialetès de Mortarieu, 1805–1806, Oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation]

08/27/2019
Lecture: Fashioning the Feminine in 18th-Century France: Dress, Desire and Domesticity in Three Works from The Frick Collection

Missed our recent lecture on "Fashioning the Feminine in 18th-Century France: Dress, Desire and Domesticity in Three Works from The Frick Collection" with fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell? It's now available online along with a wide range of lectures on our collection, exhibitions and special loans.

August 24, 2019 Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, fashion historian Fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell examines how the sumptuous fashions of the mid-18th century…

From Guercino to Murillo, Happy National Dog Day!
08/26/2019

From Guercino to Murillo, Happy National Dog Day!

Gustave Caillebotte was born on this day in 1848. The wealthiest member of the Impressionist circle, Caillebotte helped ...
08/19/2019

Gustave Caillebotte was born on this day in 1848. The wealthiest member of the Impressionist circle, Caillebotte helped finance the group’s exhibitions and actively collected the work of his friends in the 1870s and early 1880s. In 1877 and 1878, he made a number of pictures of swimmers, oarsmen and rowers near his family’s estate in Yerres, a small town southeast of Paris. "Canoe on the Yerres River" appears to be unfinished, but it may have served as a study for a related painting entitled Skiffs, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

[Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894), Canoe on the Yerres River, 1878, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon]

To complement the exhibition “AIR LAND SEA: A Lithographic Suite by William Crutchfield,” three additional works of art ...
08/14/2019

To complement the exhibition “AIR LAND SEA: A Lithographic Suite by William Crutchfield,” three additional works of art by Crutchfield are on view in the Museum’s modern and contemporary art wing.

Two of the works, “Eucalyptus II” (left) and “Tamarind-Tanic” (right) are lithographs that Crutchfield created during his fellowship at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop and explore similar themes to those in “AIR LAND SEA." Almost double the size of the other lithographs, they exhibit the artist’s careful handling of line and subtle use of colors.

"AIR LAND SEA" is on view through November 4: bit.ly/AIRLANDSEA

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