Helen Lundeberg

Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999)

Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999) was born in Chicago, Illinois but as a young child she and her family moved to Pasadena, California. The Arroyo Seco section of Pasadena was known as  the center of California Impressionist art. In 1930 Lundeberg attended the Stickney School of Art in Pasadena where she was met artist Lorser Feitelson, whom she would eventually marry.

As a young artist Lundeberg's work was exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Museum and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Lundeberg began as a technical painter but soon was drawn to surrealist subjects. She came to be known for her innovative hard-edged, geometric compositions. Lundeberg's dream-like depictions of macrocosms and microcosms are some of her most dynamic paintings. Lundeberg often depicted nature, as well as the cosmos, and planets.

From 1933-42 Helen Lundeberg worked as a muralist and lithographer for the WPA California Federal Art Project. She painted a 240-foot-curved wall in Centinela Park in Inglewood, CA. She and Feitelson also founded an art movement in the Southern California area known as Post-Surrealism. Helen Lundeberg was shown in the San Francisco Museum of Art amongst many important museums and galleries.  SHe is one of the rare women artists whose work represents the most important works that came out of California's mid-century modern art movement.

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