Sunday, January 22, 2012

Museum Date: Norton Simon Museum

One of Danny and mines favorite things to do on the weekends is go to museums. There are so many cool museums around us and it's fun getting to know all of them! This weekend we went to the Norton Simon Museum. I'd heard about it from my dad, he is the smartest man I know! Whenever I have a question about anything I call him up and he always knows the answers! Last week I told him that I wanted to see some good art and he told me about the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. As usual my dad was RIGHT, this museum was amazing! I could spend all day there. Since it rained on Saturday they had closed the garden, so lucky for me I get to go back soon and check out all their sculptures in the garden. Yay! Here are the pictures from our fabulous outing.

(It was hard to choose, but I narrowed it down to my absolute favorite paintings there).

This is what I was most excited to see! Vincent van Gogh is my favorite,  Mulberry Tree, October 1889
It was so brilliant in person, pictures can't do it justice.
Standing next to Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), August 1888 by Vincent van Gogh

Oh how I love Claude Monet, The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil, 1881
There were so many Degas! This was one of my favorites, The Star: Dancer on Point, c. 1878-1880
Dancers in the Wings, c. 1876-1878 by Edgar Degas
Another great Degas, Dancers in the Rotunda at the Paris Opera, 1895
Standing next to an astonishing Picasso, Woman with a Book, 1932
This painting is by Stanislas-Victor-Édouard Lépine it's called The Pont Neuf, Paris, c. 1875-1879. One of my favorite landscapes is the Seine. The plaque said that when he painted this he wanted to capture what it looked like everyday when he saw it, so he did a very simple painting. Nothing extravagant, just exactly as he saw it every morning. Since I can't be in Paris everyday, I thought I'd take a picture of this and pretend like I live right on the banks of the Seine. Oh to dream!

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