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Lorser Feitelson, American, (1898–1978)
Two Classical Figures, n. d.
Pencil on Paper - tissue, affixed to cardboard
8 5/8 in. x 11 in. (21.91 cm x 27.94 cm)

Object Type: Drawing
Technique: Drawing
Period: Contemporary 1946-present
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Jean Goodwin Ames
Accession Number: 76.9.3

Paper imprinted "Noiram Bond"; taped corners of paper.

Pencil (graphite) on tissue paper.

Object Description
Lorser Feitelson was a key figure in modernism in California at a time when there was limited exposure to the avant-garde styles then popular in Europe and the East Coast. He and his wife, artist Helen Lundeberg, formulated a style called Post-Surrealism, which borrowed imagery from Surrealism but rejected its lack of conscious process.

Feitelson was born in Savannah, Georgia but grew up in New York City. His father was an art connoisseur, who took his son on frequent visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After seeing the 1913 Armory Show in New York, which introduced him to new concepts in modern art, Feitelson turned to abstraction. After traveling between New York and Paris, in 1927 Feitelson moved to Los Angeles and became a leader of the artistic avant-garde in Southern California.

(Kirk Delman, Williamson Gallery Registrar)

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