18th century painter Pietro Rotari is best known for his character studies, which are paintings that illustrate personal characteristics of specific individuals. Rotari’ works were often displayed in a tight hang, with multiple rows. This can best be illustrated in the image below, “The Great Peterhof Palace Museum Painting Hall.” The Norton Simon created an intimate exhibition showcasing a series of his character studies.
The Great Peterhof Palace Museum Painting Hall // Wall Mural
Portrait of a Woman with Black Lace Scarf, Green Coat with White Fur // Pietro Antonio Rotari // oil on canvas // presumably painted after 1750
Pietro Antonio Rotari
Studio Of Pietro Antonio Rotari // Portrait of Ekaterina Petrovna Holstein-Beck, Later Princess Bariatinsky // c. 1762 // oil on canvas
The Bedroom // Vincent Van Gogh // oil on canvas // September 1998
Van Gogh, known to be inspired by his surroundings, featured a bedroom in Arles, France. In fact, Van Gogh depicted this bedroom three times. Now the paintings are dispersed around the world, one on view at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, another on at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the final work at the Art Institute of Chicago. “The Bedroom,” from the Art Institute of Chicago, is the second version Van Gogh painted and was recently loaned to the Norton Simon. In “The Bedroom,” Van Gogh turned the floor green, the walls purple and created a perspective that plays with the viewer’s perception.
Mr. Huff’s Teeth in the Articulator // Clayton Pond // 1970 // lithograph
Recently on view at the Norton Simon was the exhibition “Dark Visions: Mid-Century Macabre.” Intriguing. What sort of visions? Looking into the future? Into your soul? Why is it so horrifying? Well the one room exhibition explored the innermost darkest feelings and anxieties of 20th-century artists such as Leon Golub and Clayton Pond. Certainly makes you think about your own apprehensions and just may fill you with unease.
Combat // Leon Golub // 1965 // lithograph
Photographs by Emily Hansen
Currently on view at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is Duchamp to Pop. The exhibition explores the era of the 1960s from “readymade artist,” Marcel Duchamp to the pop artist Andy Warhol. In the exhibition works from Duchamp such as his famed Mona Lisa, L.H.O.O.Q. are juxtaposed with Andy Warhol’s Tomato Soup Cans. This is a show you will definitely want to pop by a see.