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Helen Lundeberg

Theme/Style – Post-Surrealism, figurative art, landscapes, still lifes

Media – Oils, murals, lithographs

Artistic Focus – A leader with husband and fellow artist Lorser Feitelson of the Post-Surrealist movement in America, whose ideology emphasized the subjective through introspection and contemplation, Helen Lundeberg created works that offered both “an inner calm and a cerebral puzzlement...calmly assertive canvases that seem direct almost to the point of simplicity despite their truly intricate structural considerations and their finely honed balance of color.” Her years of experimentation with color and structure resulted in works that earned her accolades from Henry J. Seldis as a “poetess among painters.”

Career Highlights –

• Born in Chicago, Helen Lundeberg moved with her family to Pasadena when she was four.
• She studied art in 1930 at the Stickney School of Art, where her training was influenced by Lorser Feitelson, one of the instructors.
• Her eventual marriage to Feitelson was a partnership both personal and professional, best symbolized when the pair published New Classicism, a 1934 brochure that presented the American Surrealist manifesto.
• Through a lifelong career, Lundeberg’s work became “increasingly more evocative and mystical. Nearly all her work is about the opening of one space into another, the juxtaposition of internal and cosmic arenas.”
• Following her husband's death, a double-retrospective of the couple's works was held in 1980.
• Lundeberg remained in Los Angeles, continued painting and was widely exhibited for the rest of her life.