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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.

Lorser Feitelson Biography

Lorser Feitelson Chronology

Exhibitions at Tobey C. Moss Gallery:
2000 Four Abstract Classicists Plus One
1998 Lorser Feitelson: Magical Forms to Hard Edge, 1940s to 1978
1997 California Modernism & Abstraction
1996 Lorser Feitelson: Post-Surrealist to Hard-Edge Abstraction
1994 Abstract Classicists: Lorser Feitelson and John McLaughlin
1992 Lorser Feitelson: Motion as Line
1990 Lorser Feitelson: The Organic Line
1987 Lorser Feitelson: Magical Space Forms/Boulder Series
1985 Lorser Feitelson: The Sinuous Line - Paintings, Prints, Drawings
1982 Four Abstract Classicists: Lorser Feitelson, Karl Benjamin, Fred Hammersley, John McLaughlin

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