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States of Mind: Picasso Lithographs 1945–1960

States of Mind: Picasso Lithographs 1945–1960

By the end of the Second World War, Pablo Picasso had reached what he called “the moment... when the movement of my thought interests me more than the thought itself.” This new interest in “movement”—the successive permutations of an artistic statement—found its most remarkable expression in Picasso’s practice as a printmaker. Drawing on the Norton Simon Museum’s holdings of over 700 Picasso prints—among the deepest collections of its kind anywhere in the world—States of Mind traces the evolution of individual compositions from the 1940s and 1950s through multiple states, subtle adjustments, and radical revisions.

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Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’ on Loan From the Art Institute of Chicago

Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’ on Loan From the Art Institute of Chicago

With its butter-yellow bedstead and bottle-green window, its rush-seated chairs and lavender walls, Vincent van Gogh’s bedroom at Arles is surely the most familiar and beloved domestic interior in all of Western art. Van Gogh painted it three times: once in situ, in the fall of 1888, and twice a year later, from his asylum cell at Saint-Rémy, working from memory and from the original painting. This December, the Museum welcomes the second of these pictures—on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago—displaying this masterpiece on the West Coast for the first time ever.

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From top to bottom: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Long-Haired Young Girl, November 9, 1945, Lithograph, 3rd state; 1 of 18 artist reserved proofs plate, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon, M.2001.1.43.G, © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Vincent van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1889, The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Serial Flirtations: Rotari’s Muses
Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California