Helen Lundeberg

Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999) was born in Chicago and graduated from Pasadena City College in 1930. She co-founded the movement Subjective Classicism, also known as Post Surrealism, before becoming an integral part of the west coast abstract circle. In spring 2016 The Laguna Art Museum presented a retrospective of her work. She has had solo exhibitions at The Fresno Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, University Art Museum in Santa Barbara, Long Beach Museum of Art, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Norton Simon Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Laguna Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Orange County Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, San Diego Museum of Art, Oakland Museum, Norton Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, and Fresno Art Museum.


How Surrealism Changed Los Angeles Forever Alina Cohen, Artsy
April 17, 2020
Frieze Spotlight: step back into the 1960s James H. Miller, The Art Newspaper
5 May, 2018
Surrealist networks: Post Surrealism and Helen Lundeberg Ilene Susan Fort, Miranda
April 20, 2017
Abstract West Coast Women Painters Her California Continuum at 60 Wall Gallery ArtMag by Deutsche Bank
April 19, 2017
Emerging from the Shadows Kat Ward, Hometown Pasadena
March 13, 2017
Helen Lundeberg Donald Kuspit, Artforum
February 2017
American Artist Helen Lundeberg Masters the "Classic Attitude" Miss Rosen, Crave Online
December 10, 2016
A Pioneering Female Artist Painted These Zen Landscapes Lena Rawley, New York Magazine
December 4, 2016
Saturday Selects: Helen Lundeberg Jill Singer, Sight Unseen
November 19, 2016
Classic Attitude Dan Piepenbring, The Paris Review
November 14, 2016
8 Female Surrealists Who Are Not Frida Kahlo--from Meret Oppenheim to Dorothea Tanning Alexis Corral, Artsy
June 1, 2016
Helen Lundeberg Suzanne Muchnic, art ltd
May/June 2016
"Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective" Review Peter Plagens, The Wall Street Journal
April 11, 2016
Art review: "In Wonderland: Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists" at LACMA
January 30, 2012

By Christopher Knight, The Los Angeles Times


"Women certainly began to explore Surrealist themes in the '20s and '30s. Helen Lundeberg's shadowy, double self-portrait shows the child as mother of the imagined woman."

Landscape Seen and Thought
April 2005

By Michael Duncan, Art in America


"Lundeberg was fascinated by the perceptual extremes of microcosms and macrocosms. The insistent oddity of her painted aerial views seems intended to underscore the purely illusory nature of any system that purports to control or discipline nature. Elsewhere she uses architecture as a kind of framing device for the contemplation of vastness."

Low Key, High Energy
June 2004

By Holly Myers, ArtNews


"With his exhibitions of paintings by southern California modernists Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, and, currently, Helen Lundeberg, Stern is attempting to reacquaint the city with its own artistic history, which continues to be written by its growing community of internationally acclaimed artists."

TLC for a Mural
January 11, 2004

By Suzanne Muchnic, The Los Angeles Times


"Struggling to make a living during the Depression, Lundeberg landed commissions for several government funded murals and executed them in keeping with the notion that public art should deliver a simple message in a representational style. One of about 200 artists who created WPA murals in California from 1935 to 1943, she was delighted to have a job -- even if it took her away from her independent work."