The serene garden setting is a perfect backdrop for one of the world’s finest private collections of European, American and Asian art. Neither as big nor as architecturally imposing as LACMA or the Getty (though Frank Gehry redesigned the interior in 2000), it’s unmatched in masterpieces per square foot. You’re treated to Rodin’s “Burghers of Calais” upon arrival; other standouts include Diego Rivera’s “The Flower Vendor/Girl with Lilies,” Van Gogh’s “Mulberry Tree,” Rembrandt’s “Portrait of a Boy,” and Monet’s “The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil.” That’s a short list from collections of important works by Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt, Degas, and many others. The “Blue Four” collection of European avant-garde artists Kandinsky, Jawlensky, Klee, and Feininger is splendid, and the museum is also strong in postwar and pop art. In short, every name you learned in your Art 101 class is represented here, and unless you’ve progressed beyond the basics, the audio tour is well worth the $3 fee (also available in Spanish and children’s versions).
- Frommer's Staff