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HELEN LUNDEBERG - AMERICAN PAINTER

Running Time: 56 minutes, 9 seconds
Produced in Beta-Cam with full broadcast fidelity in 1"
Atmosphere Productions    1987
Executive Producer: Tobey C. Moss
Producer: Tom Boles Director: John Amodeo
Camera: David Werk Editor: John Amodeo
Audio: Laura Osborn Make-up: Sheryl Shulman
Narrator: Helen Lundeberg

The story line carries begins with her earliest family photos and refers to her birth, 1908,  in Galesburg, Illinois, through her childhood and her enrollment at the Stickney School of Art in Pasadena, California in 1930. She fell in love with her teacher, Lorser Feitelson, and, together in Los Angeles, they co-founded ‘Post-Surrealism’ in 1934.      
                
Lundeberg relates her experiences 1934 to 1942, in running an art gallery on Hollywood Boulevard with Feitelson and her work with the Federal Arts Project of the WPA (mural and print divisions), her return to the independent easel after the FAP/WPA closed in 1942 and the evolution  of her work from then to 1990.  As the narrative focuses upon the artist, another narrative is taking place: the history of the period becomes alive through Lundeberg’s involvement in the programs and the people.  As an example, she said:

    “I was the only one of my crew, including about four or five men, who had a driver’s license, so I was elected to drive the        truck to the mural site...until some busy-body said “WHAT IS A WOMAN DOING DRIVING THAT TRUCK!”  So that was the
    end of my career as a truck driver!”

and:

    “After the Federal Arts Project murals, I wanted to do work that I could hold in my hands...that only I would touch.”  This is
    the period of the mid to late 1940s when Lundeberg executed a wonderful group of small ‘mood entity’ paintings that are
    ‘jewels’.

Helen Lundeberg discusses her techniques, her philosophies, her themes, her fears and her goals.  The viewer empathizes, shares and learns.

The camera carries the viewer from Lundeberg’s 1980s studio to photographs of her family in Pasadena in 1912, from Hollywood Boulevard of the 1930s, to murals and petrachrome walls for the WPA/FAP, with glimpses of her life with her husband, artist Lorser Feitelson (1898-1978).  Throughout this story, Lundeberg’s paintings are illustrated, revealing the powers, the creativity, the beauty of her development as one of America’s foremost artists.

This project documents the work of a great artist and, simultaneously, documents a period in American art history with the direct participation of that artist.  Helen Lundeberg died in Los Angeles, California on April 19, 1999.

© Atmosphere Productions



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