Make a day of it: 3 visit-worthy exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

 
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Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff
In the Main Gallery; Runs through March 20, 2011

For his masterful rendering of dynamic flowers, Austria-born painter and porcelain decorator Franz A. Bischoff earned the nickname “King of the Rose Painters.” The Pasadena Museum of California Art will present the most inclusive retrospective of Bischoff’s work to date, with highlights from his early ceramic work and his later practice on canvas. Bischoff immigrated to New York in 1885 and lived in different U.S. cities before settling in Pasadena in 1906. It was in California that the artist turned to landscape paintings and the plein-air style, painting the state’s signature sun-kissed shore and mountain vistas.
[Photos: At top, Bischoff's "Afternoon Idyll, Cambria" c. 1922. At left, Bischoff's "A Tapestry of Roses."]

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Four Edgar Degas works go on display at Norton Simon in Pasadena

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Four Edgar Degas works that have not been on view in nearly six years are now on display at the Norton Simon Museum, the arts institution’s officials said.

The works, two charcoal drawings and two landscapes, went on view today in the museum’s 19th century wing, said spokeswoman Leslie Denk.

Pictured here, at top right, is “Dancer (Battement in Second Position),” 1874, a charcoal and chalk work that was a study for “The Rehearsal.”

At bottom right is “Olive Trees against a Mountainous Background,” c. 1890-1892. The Norton Simon Web site notes that Degas is seldom remembered as a landscapist.

You can interact with both these works, and the other two newly displayed pieces, on the Norton Simon site:

But, more importantly, get thee to the Norton Simon and experience them firsthand.

Hours: Mon., Wed.-Thurs., Sat.-Sun. noon to 6 p.m.; closed Tues.; Fri. noon to 9 p.m.

(Photos courtesy Norton Simon Museum)