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Alfred Jensen

(American, 1903-1981)

Doric Order


oil on canvas

137.2 x 137.8 cm (54 x 54¼ in.)

signed, titled and dated (on the verso)


“Actually, to call Alfred Jensen an abstract painter is misleading, because the paintings are so concrete. They don’t just illustrate or describe ideas; they contain a tremendous amount of concrete information. The paintings may allude to a complex web of ideas, but they are almost absurdly specific. Nothing in these paintings is anything other than itself.”

- Chris Martin, “Reflections on Alfred Jensen”, The Brooklyn Rail, February 2002, online

Estate of the artist
Regina Jensen, Glen Ridge
The Pace Gallery, New York
Waddington Galleries, London
Private collection

Sale: Christie's New York, 8 May 1990, lot 386
Max Protetch Gallery, New York
Private collection, Millburn
The Pace Gallery, New York
Private collection, Los Angeles (acquired from the above c.1992)

Sale: Bonhams New York, 16 May 2018, lot 11

Private collection, USA (acquired at the above sale) 

Los Angeles, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Alfred Jensen, 1986
New York, The Pace Gallery, Major Paintings, 1987
Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; New York, New Museum; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; San Diego, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art; Boulder, University of Colorado Museum, Department of Fine Arts Gallery; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Alfred Jensen: Paintings and Diagrams from the Years 1957-1977, 1978, p. 48, no. 18 (illustrated)
London, Waddington Galleries, Alfred Jensen, 1988, p. 11, no. 4 (illustrated)
Chicago, Loyola University Museum of Art, Back to the Future: Alfred Jensen, Charmion Von Wiegand, Simon Gouverneur and the Cosmic Conversation, 2009, p. 43 (illustrated)
Dublin, Trinity College, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Alfred Jensen, 2010, no. 6 (illustrated)

$245,000 (+ 5% UK import VAT)

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