Posts Tagged ‘helen lundeberg’

Artist of the moment ……..Lorser Feitelson

Lorser Feitelson was born in New York City in the year 1898. Feitelson would go on to marry Helen Lundeberg and the two artists would begin the Post Surrealist movement in the United States. Feitelson was self taught as an artist. The artist grew up in New York City and learned to draw by taking lessons from his father. Feitelson would even visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the time he was a child.

Feitelson visited the Armory show in New York City in 1913 that had a life long impact on his artwork.

The artist did study  for short  period of time at an atelier in Paris, France.

After this episode in europe Feitelson moved to Los Angeles, California.

Some well acclaimed series by Feitelson include his ribbon works of the 1970s and his move towards biomorphic forms he pioneered in the 1950s. If you enjoy his use of these shapes be sure to check out my posts on Ken Price. Price used the biomorphic form in the medium of ceramics.

Lorser Feitelson passed away in 1978.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.


Artist of the moment…..Helen Lundeberg

Helen Lundeberg was a fantastic American artist renowned for leading a movement with her husband Lorser Feitelson that was called Post Surrealism. Helen Lundeberg was born in the year 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. The new style of painting was a mixture of classical painting found during the Renaissance era with Surrealism. One effect was to make Surreal works less odd looking than representational art.

Lundeberg created many murals for the government and the Works Progress Administration program.

For her collegiate education Lundeberg attended Pasadena Junior College . After this she continued drawing lessons at the Stickney School of Art. Her original instructor couldn’t complete the class and Lorser Feitelson was chosen as a replacement. Feitelson would go on to become her husband and the two would start their movement of Post Surrealism.

Lundeberg and her husband were based out of Los Angeles, California most of their lives.

Her husband was named Lorser Feitelson. Below an example of his flatter more abstract style he helped to found and promote with his wife.


In this clip we see an interview with Helen Lundeberg talking about the movement of Post Surrealism she helped to create:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $200,000. Lundeberg worked in oils and acrylics.

In the 1950, 60s,  and 70s Lundeberg concentrated on her flatter more abstract works.

Helen Lundeberg passed away in 1999.

You might have heard her mentioned before, she is the name of a song by the American rock band “Sonic Youth.”

My favorite works are the landscapes of Helen Lundeberg. Especially when looking through a basic flat shape, a door or a window. Lundeberg takes the visual information, flattens it out to basic fields of color, and then plays with the color to make some incredible modernist paintings that are both representational and abstract at the same time.

I will be profiling the husband coming up shortly, but what another wonderfully artistic family!