Frenchman Edgar Degas and Dutchman Vincent van Gogh stand near the summit of the art world’s Mount Olympus. A well-known painting by each artist currently hangs in the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. The paintings are on loan from other museums.
Degas called himself a “realist,” but art historians consider him a founder of Impressionism. He painted Portrait of Mlle. Hortense Valpinçon in 1871 after fleeing political turmoil in Paris. In the confusion, Degas failed to take with him canvases so he used mattress ticking instead. Norton patrons can view the painting now through May 15.
Van Gogh created some of his finest works while institutionalized in southern France after cutting off a piece of his ear. Among them is The Poplars at Saint-Rémy (1889), which will be on display until April 17. Wrote Van Gogh: “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”
Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave, West Palm Beach, 561-832-5196, norton.org