The Norton Simon Museum in Los Angeles

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California. It is made up of primarily paintings and sculptures from Europe from the middle ages to modern times as well as Asian art. Formerly the Pasadena Art Institute and later the Pasadena Art Museum, it was renamed the Norton Simon Museum after in 1974 wealthy industrialist Norton Simon financed the museum out of hardships and placed his large collection in the Museum.

Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier) (1888)

  • Oil on canvas
  • 25 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches
  • 64.1 x 54.6 cm

The painting presents a peasant from Provence. Van Gogh manages to capture the subject’s emotions through his gaze and through the deep multi-hued background behind him.

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother (1888)

  • Oil on canvas
  • 16 x 12 3/4 inches
  • 40.6 x 32.4 cm

This painting was modeled after a photograph that was sent to Vincent by his sister Wilhelmina from the Netherlands. It is said that the artist himself does not like the painting.

The Mulberry Tree (1889)

  • Oil on canvas
  • 21 1/4 x 25 1/2 inches
  • 54 x 65 cm

This painting was one of the many works Van Gogh created during his stay in the asylum in Saint-Rèmy.