Artist: Alfred Jensen American (1903-1981)
Title: Untitled 2
Original lithograph on white wove paper
From the One Cent Life Portfolio
From edition of 2000
Printed by Maurice Beaudet, Paris, 1964
Published by E.W. Kornfield, Bern, Switzerland
unnumbered as issued
Unobtrusive vertical fold as issued
Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Image Size: 11 in x 15 1/2 in 27.9 cm x 30.3 cm
Sheet Size: 11 1/2 in x 16 1/8 in 29.2 cm x 40.9 cm
"The edges of invisible shapes at the threshold of my awareness - the monuments and objects left by the ancient people, for example, are all in my mind together with an education in modern art in Germany, France, and the United States. What to make of it, but an allegory, in a new pictorial structure." Alfred Jensen
Alfred Jensen was a painter who used numerical systems as the basis for his art. A maverick whose work is not easily categorized, Mr. Jensen was by age and training a contemporary of the older generation of Abstract Expressionists who came to recognition at the end of the 40's. Turning away from their gestural emphasis, he began to develop his own wayward style a decade later. He distilled the ideas he derived from theories of color, mathematics, science and ancient cultures into notated diagrams, which he then transmuted into paintings. His interest in the numerical systems of past civilizations led him to base works on architectural structures, notably those of Greece and Central America. 'Continuous Oscillation." (nytimes.com)
Portfolio Cover by Lichtenstein
One Cent Life Portfolio
The 1964 One Cent Life Portfolio was written by Walasse Ting, edited by Sam Francis, and published by E.W. Kornfeld. This ambitious project of loose limited edition color lithographs, beautifully incorporates American Pop and European Expressionism.
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The complete portfolio includes 62 original lithographs by Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Enrico Baj, Alan Davie, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Robert Indiana, Asger Jorn, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Paul Riopelle, James Rosenquist, Antonio Saura, Bram Van Velde, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and other American and European POP artists.
"It very quickly became the manifesto of a new generation of painters and the expression of the new pictorial research that they were engaged in….” (Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd.)