The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach is hosting very special visitors right now.
Vincent van Gogh’s “The Poplars at Saint-Remy” and Edgar Degas’ “Portrait of Mlle. Hortense Valpincon” are both on display as part of an exchange program with other museums. The van Gogh is the property of The Cleveland Museum of art and the Degas work is from the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Van Gogh painted “The Poplars at Saint-Remy” in 1889 after committing himself to an asylum. Over the next year until his death in 1890, he was prolific. He produced more than 130 paintings including his famed “Starry Night.”
Degas’ “Portrait of Mlle. Hortense Valpincon” was painted in 1871 while Degas was visiting Normandy. In his haste to get there from Paris, he forgot to pack canvas. The portrait is painted on a piece of mattress ticking.
For the Norton Museum’s part, Claude Monet’s “Gardens of the Villa Moreno, Bordighera” and Paul Gauguin’s “Christ in the Garden of Olives” have been loaned out.
The van Gogh and Degas works will be on display through spring.