Lorser Feitelson

American , 1898 - 1978

Lorser Feitelson was inspired by European modernist ideas upon attending the New York Armory Show in 1913. After the War, he lived and worked in Paris between 1919 and 1926, exhibiting there and in the United States. In 1927 he moved to Los Angeles, escaping the ‘incestuous’ art scene in New York. He exhibited and taught, meeting student Helen Lundeberg, who became both his wife and co-founder of Post-Surrealism in 1934.

In the mid-1940s Feitelson expression moved towards the biomorphic abstraction of his Magical Forms, which were a bridge between the figuration of his early romanticism and post-surrealism into the geometric Magical Space Forms by 1950. From 1956 to 1963, as Feitelson hosted a television series on NBC: “Feitelson on Art”, he was also painting. By 1959, he was featured in the exhibition, “Four Abstract Classicists” (with Karl Benjamin, Frederick Hammersly, and John McLaughlin) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In conjunction with this seminal exhibition, curator and critic Jules Langsner coined the phrase, ‘HardEdge Colorforms’. Feitelson’s aesthetic expression evolved into ever more minimalist form, employing challenging palettes and sensuous, tapering lines in a flat field.

Artist, teacher, collector and television host, Lorser Feitelson is a recognized as a central figure of Modernism in Los Angeles.


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