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Interview with Beverly Pepper

Creator:
Pepper, Beverly Stoll, 1922-2020  Search this
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Subject:
Arneson, Robert  Search this
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1975 May 20
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15957
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15957

Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Subject:
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Nordman, Maria  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer Nelson  Search this
Wortz, E.  Search this
Kienholz, Edward  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Wortz, Melinda  Search this
Goode, Joe  Search this
Hopkins, Henry T. (Henry Tyler)  Search this
Resnick, Milton  Search this
Harrison, Newton  Search this
Karp, Michael  Search this
Francis, Sam  Search this
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Bell, Larry  Search this
Young, R. Joshua  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Orr, Eric  Search this
Callahan, Harry M. (Harry Morey)  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Wheeler, Douglas  Search this
Roche, Jim  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Shaw, Richard Blake  Search this
Hudson, Robert H.  Search this
Turrell, James  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Harrison, Helen Mayer  Search this
Dugmore, Edward  Search this
Gehry, Frank O.  Search this
Greene, George  Search this
Pacific Enterprises  Search this
Lapis Press  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Interviews
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Authors  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6002
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)229789
AAA_collcode_buttjan
Theme:
Women
Art Theory and Historiography
Lives of American Artists
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_229789
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Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers

Creator:
Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Benjamin, Karl  Search this
Butterfield, Jan  Search this
Hammersley, Frederick, 1919-2009  Search this
Kadish, Reuben, 1913-1992  Search this
Langsner, Jules, 1911-1967  Search this
Longstreet, Stephen, 1907-  Search this
Lundeberg, Helen, 1908-1999  Search this
McCoy, Esther  Search this
McLaughlin, John, 1898-  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003  Search this
Moran, Diane De Gasis  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Seldis, Henry  Search this
Sheets, Millard, 1907-1989  Search this
Extent:
15.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Poetry
Writings
Drawings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Date:
circa 1890s-2002
Summary:
The papers of Los Angeles painters and art instructors Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg measure 15.6 linear feet and date from circa 1890s to 2002. The papers document the careers of the two artists, including their establishment of the Post-surrealism movement in southern California, their work for federal arts programs, and their later abstract artwork. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, photographs, and one sound recording.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Los Angeles painters and art instructors Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg measure 15.6 linear feet and date from circa 1890s to 2002. The papers document the careers of the two artists, including their establishment of the Post-surrealism movement in southern California, their work for federal arts programs, and their later abstract artwork. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, photographs, and one sound recording.

Biographical documentation is found for both artists. Lundeberg's early life is documented by school notebooks, yearbooks, diplomas, calendars, awards, and a "memory book." Feitelson's biographical materials include family certificates and documents compiled by Lundeberg regarding Feitelson's funeral. Also found are curriculum vitae and biographical sketches for both artists.

Correspondence is extensive and includes both personal and professional correspondence for both Feitelson and Lundeberg. Materials consist of letters with critics, museums, artists, and friends, including Karl Benjamin, Frederick Hammersley, Reuben Kadish, John McLauglin, Diane Moran, and Abraham Rattner. Of special interest is Feitelson and Lundeberg's correspondence with Museum of Modern Art curator Dorothy Canning Miller.

A small amount of exhibition materials, mostly loan agreements and checklists, are found in the papers documenting exhibitions and loans of their artwork to exhibitions. Personal business records concern the management of their artwork and personal collections. Found here are lists of artwork, price lists, appraisal reports, sales invoices, purchase receipts, tax documents, and a set of index cards for their artwork. There are a few scattered legal documents as well. In addition to personal business records, there is a series of records of the Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg Foundation, established by Lundeberg in 1978.

Scattered research and teaching files are mostly Feitelson's. They document his personal research, teaching activities, and television programs, particularly the program Feitelson on Art. Writings, however, are found for both artists and include artist statements, writings about art and art styles and movements, writings about each artist, and writings about the Federal Arts Program in southern California. Of interest are numerous writings by other contemporary writers and critics, including Jan Butterfield, Jules Langsner, Stephen Longstreet, Esther McCoy, Diane Moran, Henry Seldis, and Millard Sheets.

A small amount of artwork is found within the collection by Feitelson and Lundeberg, mostly sketches and drawings. There is one print by Hans Burkhardt.

Printed materials include newsclippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, lecture announcements, posters, press releases, and printed reproductions of Feitelson's and Lundeberg's artwork. There are also pamphlets produced by the Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Program and Lundeberg's poetry.

Photographs are extensive and include many of Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg, as well as of family, friends, and students. There are four photo albums and numerous photographs of Feitelson's and Lundeberg's artwork, including some exhibition installations.

There is one circa 1957 reel-to-reel sound recording of an episode of Feitelson on Art, focusing on Paul Gauguin.

An addition of 0.2 linear feet received in 2014 includes Feitelson's art history and teaching notes, writings by Feitelson, and photographs and contact sheets of Feitelson and works of art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 11 series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1922-1995 (Boxes 1-2, 19; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1932-1998 (Boxes 2-4; 2.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition Records, 1936-1989 (Boxes 4-5; 0.25 linear feet)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1943-1998 (Boxes 5-6; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 5: Feitelson and Lundeberg Foundation Records, 1978-1997 (Boxes 6-7, 19; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Research and Teaching Materials, 1940s-1960s (Boxes 7-8; 0.75 linear feet)

Series 7: Writings, 1930-1989 (Boxes 8-9; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 8: Artwork, 1920s-1991 (Boxes 9, 19; 9 folders)

Series 9: Printed Materials, 1923-2002 (Boxes 9-11, 20; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographs, circa 1890s-1993 (Boxes 11-14, 16-19, and OV 21-22; 4.3 linear feet)

Series 11: Audio Recording, circa 1957 (Box 15; 1 item)

Series 12: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1919-1978 (Box 23; 0.2 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Art instructor and painter Lorser Feitelson (1898-1978) lived and worked in Los Angeles with his wife Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999), also one of southern California's leading painters. Together, Feitelson and Lundeberg founded the movement known as Subjective Classicism, or Post-surrealism. Their work had a great influence on southern California art and they formed many relationships with artists and critics of the area.

Lorser Feitelson was born in Savannah, Georgia on February 11, 1898, and grew up in New York City. By the age of twelve, he was painting in oils, and three years later he began to paint in earnest after attending the Armory Show. At the age of eighteen, Feitelson had his own studio in New York City. Over the next few years, he met other artists, including Arthur Davies, Walter Pach, and John Sloan. From 1919 to 1926, Feitelson lived in Paris and traveled to New York to exhibit; he also spent some time in Italy. In 1927, Feitelson moved to Los Angeles, the city that would remain his home for the rest of his life. There he met his wife and artist, Helen Lundeberg, and married in 1933.

Feitelson taught at the Chouinard Art Institute and the Stickney Memorial School of Art, became involved in the operations of the Centaur Gallery, and helped to found the Stanley Rose Gallery and the Hollywood Gallery of Modern Art. Beginning with the first Post-surrealist exhibition 1934, Feitelson and Lundeberg's work was exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and was included in the Museum of Modern Art's Fantastic Art, Dada and Surrealism exhibition of 1937. Feitelson continued to create Post-surrealist paintings until 1942. During this same time, Feitelson also served as the Supervisor of Murals, Painting, and Sculpture for the Southern California Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Project.

In 1944, Feitelson began to paint abstract shapes that he referred to as "magical forms." Feitelson continued working in an abstract manner throughout the fifties, and in 1959 was included by Jules Langsner in the exhibition Four Abstract Classicists along with Karl Benjamin, Frederick Hammersley, and John McLaughlin. From this exhibition emerged the term "hard edge" painting, which referred to the presence of geometric shapes and flat pictorial space in the work of these artists. During the final two decades of his life, Feitelson continued to work regularly, and continued to explore abstraction.

Feitelson taught for many years at the Art Center School and was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He also hosted the television program Feitelson on Art from 1956-1963, as well as serving as a frequent guest on the program Cavalcade of Books to discuss art publications. Lorser Feitelson died in 1978.

Helen Lundeberg was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 24, 1908. At the age of four, her family moved to Pasadena, where she attended Pasadena High School and Junior College. In the spring of 1930, a family friend sponsored Lundeberg's tuition to attend classes at the Stickney Memorial School of Art. That summer Lundeberg met Lorser Feitelson, who had recently taken over the teaching of her construction and composition class. The following year, Lundeberg's work was included in an exhibition for the first time. By 1933, Lundeberg had a solo exhibition at the Stanley Rose Gallery. Throughout the 1930s, Lundeberg painted in a Post-surrealist manner and created some of her best known works including "Double Portrait of the Artist in Time" (1935). She also began working for the California Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project in 1936. Over the next six years, she designed murals for libraries, high schools, and parks. She and Feitelson married in 1933.

During the next five decades, Lundeberg created a distinctive and diverse body of work that included surreal images of floating mountains and falling skies, austere landscapes and architectural forms, and abstract works with brilliant colors. She remained from the 1930s to the time of her death in 1999 one of the leading and most respected figures in southern California art. Her work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Related Material:
Found in the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews with Lorser Feitelson conducted by Betty Lochrie Hoag, May 12, 1964; with Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg conducted by Betty Lochrie Hoag, March 17, 1965; and with Helen Lundeberg conducted by Jan Butterfield, July 19 and August 29, 1980. Also found are Lorser Feitelson lectures recorded by Bonnie Trotter, 1973-1974.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel LA 1) including a scrapbook of clippings primarily concerning Lorser Feitelson's activities with the federal Works Progress Administration. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
In 1964, Feitelson loaned for microfilming a scrapbook of clippings primarily concerning his activities with the federal Works Progress Administration. The scrapbook was microfilmed on Reel LA1 and returned to Feitelson. It is not included in the container inventory in this finding aid.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Poetry
Writings
Drawings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers, circa 1890s-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.feitlors
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Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-feitlors
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Butterfield, Jan, "Helen Lundeberg: A Poetess Among Painters"

Collection Creator:
Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 86
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers, circa 1890s-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers
Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers / Series 7: Writings / Writings by Others
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-feitlors-ref451

Hassel Smith papers, circa 1900-2004, bulk 1930-1995

Creator:
Smith, Hassel Wendell, 1915-2007  Search this
Subject:
Wollard, Robert  Search this
Anglim, Paule  Search this
Still, Patricia  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer Nelson  Search this
Butterfield, Jan  Search this
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Emmerich, Andre  Search this
Fitz Gibbon, John  Search this
Swanson, Kathryn  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Gimpel, Charles  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
New Arts (Art gallery)  Search this
Gimpel Fils  Search this
Type:
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Photographs
Christmas cards
Sketches
Interviews
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Educators  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5714
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208552
AAA_collcode_smithass
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208552
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Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers, circa 1890s-2002, bulk 1919-1999

Creator:
Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978  Search this
Lundeberg, Helen, 1908-1999  Search this
Subject:
Hammersley, Frederick  Search this
Butterfield, Jan  Search this
Sheets, Millard Owen  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Moran, Diane De Gasis  Search this
McLaughlin, John  Search this
Langsner, Jules  Search this
McCoy, Esther  Search this
Seldis, Henry  Search this
Longstreet, Stephen  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning  Search this
Kadish, Reuben  Search this
Benjamin, Karl  Search this
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Writings
Drawings
Poetry
Sketches
Sound recordings
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7341
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209494
AAA_collcode_feitlors
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209494
Additional Online Media:

Forum on Bay Area art criticism [sound recording], 1981 Nov. 12

Creator:
Women's Caucus for Art  Search this
Subject:
Butterfield, Jan  Search this
Hopkins, Henry T. (Henry Tyler)  Search this
Boettger, Suzaan  Search this
Albright, Thomas  Search this
Reynolds, Jock  Search this
Fried, Helene  Search this
Hedgpeth, Ted  Search this
Golden, Judith  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art criticism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10135
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213058
AAA_collcode_womecauc
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213058

Oral history interview with Helen Lundeberg, 1980 July 19-Aug. 29

Interviewee:
Lundeberg, Helen, 1908-1999  Search this
Interviewer:
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Subject:
Murphy, Lawrence M.  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser  Search this
Langsner, Jules  Search this
United States.Work Projects Administration  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12910
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216591
AAA_collcode_lundeb80
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216591
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Interview with Robert Irwin

Creator:
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Subject:
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1971 April
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11754
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11754

Interview with Robert Irwin

Creator:
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Subject:
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1971 April
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11756
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11756

Interview with Sam Francis

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1979 November 29
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13591
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13591

Interview with Ansel Adams

Creator:
Adams, Ansel Easton, 1902-1984  Search this
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1976 December
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14294
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14294

Telephone answering machine messages

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
circa 1981
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14295
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14295

Class visit by unidentified artist

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
between 1959 and 1997
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14296
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14296

Discussion with curators of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Subject:
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
circa 1970
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14298
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14298

Interview with Ron Davis

Creator:
Davis, Ronald, 1937-  Search this
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
circa 1976
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14303
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14303

Sound test

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
circa 1980
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14304
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14304

Interview with Sam Francis

Creator:
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
circa 1979
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14305
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14305

Joe Goode interview and performance

Creator:
Goode, Joe, 1937-  Search this
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1973
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14306
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14306

Newton and Helen Harrison performance, lecture, and interview

Creator:
Butterfield, Jan, 1937-2000  Search this
Harrison, Newton, 1932-  Search this
Subject:
Harrison, Helen Mayer  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1977 February 17-18
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14307
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Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14307

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