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Biography

LORSER FEITELSON was born in Savannah, GA in 1898 but grew up in New York City. Throughout his childhood, Feitelson was no stranger to artistic experiences; his father gave him drawing lessons at home, and he frequently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Inspired by the works of Matisse, Duchamp, and the Italian Futurists at the Armory Show in 1913, he was set on being an artist. In 1919, he moved to France and enrolled at the Académie Colorossi. After traveling and studying in Europe, Feitelson exhibited at the Parisian Salon d’Automne in 1927. 

After Feitelson moved back to the United States, he settled in Los Angeles where he soon began working in the Post Surrealist style with his wife and fellow artist, Helen Lundeberg. There he began work for the Works Progress Administration, overseeing the West Coast murals project. 

By 1940, Feitelson had moved toward abstraction in his work, culminating in his inclusion in the landmark exhibition, “Four Abstract Classicists” at the San Francisco Museum of Art. The artists in the show gained national attention as painters in a uniquely West Coast, “hard-edge” painting style.

His work may be found in numerous collections, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art,New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; and Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University, Logan, UT.

Lorser Feitelson died in Los Angeles, CA in 1978.