Oil on canvas, 1942
50 x 50 inches
Gift of the Feitelson/Lundeberg Art Foundation
Having spent his early career in New York and Paris, Lorser Feitelson settled in Los Angeles in 1927 and became a key figure in the development of modern art in California, practicing avant-garde styles from Surrealism to hard-edge abstraction. He was a man of great energy and art-historical erudition, a collector and connoisseur, an influential teacher, an arts administrator, and in later life a pioneering television presenter. Typical of his work of the period of World War II, Bathers shows a feeling for the dynamic figure compositions of the European Old Masters combined with a tendency toward abstraction.