Los Angeles: Norton Simon Museum

Fragonard's Happy Lovers.

Before flying to New York, I stayed for a day and a half at my mom’s good friend’s (also my godmother) house in Eagle Rock. They have so many friends living in LA that a whole afternoon wasn’t enough to catch up with years worth of stories (from the time they graduated from college in Manila to the time they all migrated to the US in the late ’80s). And so my mom allowed me to sneak out for a while so I could go to the Norton Simon Museum (which was conveniently about a 10 minute drive away), and shortly afterwards, Old Town Pasadena.

I went ahead a researched about the variety of art I should expect to see, and was surprised to see a good mix of European art, Asian art, Contemporary and Modern art, and sculpture. Best part? They were currently exhibiting Jean Honoré-Fragonard! FAVE. Not so much a painting exhibitions, but more his earlier sketches while he was on an educational pilgrimage to Italy with his patron, Jean-Claude Richard de Saint-Non. He was asked to make copies and black chalk drawings of the famous paintings and monuments they visited. Truly the most fascinating thing! I guess it’s like an early form of photo-blogging, lol.

I really enjoyed this museum, and wish more people could visit!