ALFRED JENSEN "GNOMEN" LITHO, 1960
Alfred Jensen (1903-1981) had quite a colorful and international upbringing: he was born in Guatemala but was shuttled back and forth between Latin America and Denmark.
By the time he was in his early twenties Jensen had spent time across Europe and in California. He studied with Hans Hoffmann in Germany during this era. Most of Jensen's adulthood was spent travelling, collecting art and experimenting in New York city. Jensen would only find his voice as an artist in the 1950's once settled in New York City.
Jensen did not have a significant solo exhibition of his work until 1963. His version of abstraction was remote from Abstract Expressionism, as it was highly cerebral and influenced by an array of sources including Goethe's color theory, paramagnetics and the Mayan calendar. Jensen's art was structured and cerebral.
Jensen is known for his intricately constructed abstract grids and diagrams that often resemble scientific checkerboards. These works were celebrated in the solo exhibition "Alfred Jensen: Paintings and Diagrams From the Years 1957-1977" organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo) which toured to five other US cities in 1978.
In the last three years there has been a surge of interest in Jensen's oeuvre with over a dozen paintings achieving more than six figures at auction. As for multiples, Jensen only created a small number of prints.
This work "Gnomen" is an exceptional example of Jensen's aesthetic.
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Lithograph on Arches paper
Signed, numbered and dated 1960 by the artist
From an edition of 80
18"H 22"W (work)
22"H 26"W (framed)
Very good condition