About the Foundation

Southern California businessman Norton Simon (1907–1993) established The Norton Simon Foundation in 1952 to administer his family’s philanthropic endeavors. As Mr. Simon’s interest in collecting art grew, so did the Foundation’s involvement, and in 1964 it made its first major purchase—the inventory of the prominent New York art dealer, the Duveen Brothers. Today, the Foundation owns some of the most renowned artworks in the world, including Francisco de Zurbarán’s Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, 1633; Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Boy, 1655–60; Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s The Pont des Arts, Paris,  1867–68; and Pablo Picasso’s Woman with a Book, 1932. Since 1974 the majority of the Foundation’s collection has been on loan to the Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena.