The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California

A visit to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California fits in nicely to our school year. There are plenty of Monets, Degases, Van Goghs, Picassos, Rubens, Rembrandts, Manets, Cezannes, Rodins, and Renoirs.  We did the same format again by using a Scavenger hunt for pieces made by artists we have been studying, and the children checked them off as they found them.  Sometimes they get so excited that I have to remind them to calm down and lower their voices.  I don't think we'll ever be able to visit a museum the old way every again.  It just makes it so much fun for them.

Following are just some of the works currently on view at the museum:

Van Gogh: Portrait of a Peasant

Cezanne: Tulips in a Vase

Monet: The Artist's Garden


Van Gogh

Renoir: Young Woman in Black

Monet: The Entrance to the Port of Le Havre

Matisse: The Black Shawl

Rivera: Flower Vendor (Not one of our artists we are studying, but we are familiar with Rivera.)

Picasso: The Ram's Head
By the way, this orange canvas is an example of contemporary art on display at the Norton Simon.  It stands in stark contrast to the beautiful portraits and landscapes that we have been studying, and it hardly does anything for the senses.  My children understand this, and the moment we walked into the room that displays this art they began to make crude remarks about how childish it is.  It is almost a joke or insult to their intelligence.  But frankly, I think, people are being dumbed down, which is why they can produce such worthlessness and get such rave reviews.

Continuing on...

Rembrandt: Bearded Man

Rembrandt: Self Portrait

Goya: St. Jerome in Pentinence

Rubens: Saint Ignatius

Botticelli: Madonna and Child with Adoring Angel

Lily pads from the garden pond.

The kids demonstrating The Thinker

Rodin: The Thinker
Just another great day at school.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I totally agree with you! I think some modern "art" is just a sign that our society is becoming more lazy and less educated. Sad. There was such a stark contrast to the exhibits with the older masters to the more modern ones.
Glad you had a good school day on Wednesday!