Chicago, Illinois 1908
Los Angeles, California 1999
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)
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.