Arches III, 1962
Oil on canvas
50 x 60 inches
LAM/OCMA Art Collection Trust, Gift of Lorser Feitelson
and Helen Lundeberg Feitelson Revocable Trust
In 1934 pioneers of California modernism Helen Lundeberg and Lorser Feitelson cofounded
the New Classicism movement. Also known as Post-Surrealism, it was a rational response to European artistic explorations of the unconscious. Lundeberg subsequently embarked on a lifelong search for equilibrium through the investigation of space and form in the natural world. Her paintings evolved into hard-edge semiabstract landscapes and interiors, and during the 1960s she focused on geometric, architectonic elements depicted in cool, harmonious tones. In its highly reductive, simplified composition of muted colors, Arches III epitomizes Lundeberg's construction of a visual space connoting calm and order.