Autumn Still Life

Autumn Still Life
Helen Lundeberg (American, 1908-1999)
Oil on plywood 
14-1/8 x 21-7/8 in. (35.9 x 55.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Marjorie Stotsky 
Accession Number:
© The Feitelson / Lundeberg Art Foundation 
Not on View

“My work has been concerned, in varying modes of pictorial structure and various degrees of representation and abstraction, with the effort to embody, and to evoke, states of minds, moods and emotions.”

Helen Lundeberg, a seminal Los Angeles artist, co-founded the new classicism movement in the 1930s, motivated by the philosophy that the spontaneous fantasy of surrealism could coexist with the formal structure of academic painting.

The artist’s intimately scaled still life is an invented arrangement that follows the well-established convention of placing objects on a shelf or sill that gives way to a distant landscape. Here, her finely rendered motifs—the fruits and paper bag—occupy a space that is at once recognizable and strange; the palette of muted hues communicates a sense of repose. Lundeberg’s meticulously composed painting elicits feelings and memories rather than concrete associations.


L. A. Art Association Benefit Auction, 23 June 1957 ($300.00), sold to;
Edward (Tink) A. Adams (Founder, Art Center School), by inheritance to daughter;
Marjorie Stotsky, Tucson, gift 2000 to;
Norton Simon Museum.

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