The Norton Simon Museum is a treasure hidden in Pasadena. Compared to the Getty, both of them, the Los Angeles County Museum, and most major museums, it is little. Perhaps “intimate” is a better word to describe its presence. To my mind, it has the finest art collection on the west coast, or possibly in America.
It has an excellent Asian collection, and it contains extraordinary impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.
Among the works I find most captivating are Rodin’s Burgers of Calais in all its august grandeur and the matter of fact and quiet eloquence of Zurbarán’s Still Life with Lemons, Oranges, and a Rose. Between these two, very different works of art, one can find a full range of human expression.
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