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Helen Lundeberg Portrait

Helen Lundeberg Portrait

Helen Lundeberg

Chicago, Illinois 1908

Los Angeles, California 1999

Photo Caption:
Helen Lundeberg, Double Portrait of the Artist in Time, 1935, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase 1978.51.

Luce Artist Quote

“My paintings and drawings say everything I want to say.” Helen Lundeberg


Born in Chicago, moved to California in 1912. Surrealist and Post-Surrealist painter who called her earlier style "New Classicism;" she later explored other styles and techniques, including murals (for the WPA) and acrylics.

Charles Sullivan, ed American Beauties: Women in Art and Literature (New York: Henry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with National Museum of American Art, 1993)

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Luce Artist Biography

Helen Lundeberg described herself as a “terribly visual” person and remembered staring out of the window of her family’s car as a child, watching the landscape of Pasadena flicker by (Oral History Program, University of California, 1982). She attended a local art school and met the painter Lorser Feitelson, whom she later married. Together, they adapted European surrealism into a new art movement known as subjective classicism. They rejected dreamlike free associations and instead placed objects together deliberately to evoke a particular idea. Lundeberg created carefully composed, intimate views of still lifes and interiors that conjured eerie worlds and moments of quiet reflection.