Modern Art Monday Presents: Helen Lundeberg, Plant and Animal Analogies

plant and animal analogies photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

Helen Lundeberg  (19081999) organized a group of California artists, the only interwar Surrealist group in the United States. The “Post Surrealists,” as they were called, bypassed automatism and dream imagery in favor of provocative juxtapositions and careful compositions. Their manifesto (1934) , written by the artist and illustrated with this painting, Plant and Animal Analogies (193435) promoted an art that was “an ordered, pleasurable, introspective activity; an arrangement of emotions or ideas. The pictorial elements function only to create this subjective form; either emotional or mood-entity, or intellectual or idea-entity.”

Photographed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

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