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Norton Simon Museum

January 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · los angeles

Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, Picasso, Raphael – who knew The Norton Simon Museum housed the works of these master artists?

It’s easy to overlook this gem when The Getty, LACMA and MOCA tower over this quaint museum in Los Angeles. It’s small, cozy, intimate. Words not typically used when describing the atmosphere of a museum. I do have to say the docents were over-the-top snooty, but what would you expect of these guardians who protect pieces of art worth multi-millions? It was a holiday weekend and there was a huge crowd.

Even though it’s substantially smaller than all the well-known museums in the area, I found it overwhelming with pieces from the Renaissance, Impressionist, Modernist and Flemish movements. I usually tackle one wing or an exhibit of a  museum at a time, but thought I’d try to to do it all at Norton Simon. Not possible! I’ll have to go back. The bottom floor has an extensive exhibit of Hiroshige’s woodblock-prints. It’s apparent the guy was a prolific artist with 175 pieces of his art on display.

One of my favorite things at Norton Simon is the Monet-inspired lily pond. So picturesque with it’s sleek sculptures and minimalistic landscaping.


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