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Go See Van Gogh: Norton Simon to Display One of the Artist's Last Self Portraits

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Artist Vincent Van Gogh may have been a lil' crazy, but he was also crazy about his own face, hence the 36 self-portraits he painted during his career. Now one of the last of the bunch is headed to Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum, on loan from Washington D.C.'s National Gallery of Art, as part of an "art exchange" program.Okay, so the truth is, Van Gogh said he painted his own portrait to get some figure study work done, and "for want of another model" according to the Norton Simon Museum. The painting was done as Van Gogh recouped from a severe breakdown in the summer of 1889.

This will be the first time the painting will be on display on the west coast. It will be on display near other Van Gogh pieces in the Norton Simon collection.

Says Norton Simon Museum President Walter Timoshuk: "This incredible loan from the National Gallery of Art gives us the opportunity to have such a work in our galleries for a few months, and allows our visitors a rare chance to view a Van Gogh self-portrait on the West Coast.”

The 1889 "Self-Portrait" will be on display from December 7, 2012 to March 4, 2013.