About the Artist
Alfred Jensen, 1903-1981
Alfred Jensen was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala in 1903. His father was Danish, his mother German-Polish. Jensen was sent to Denmark, to live with an uncle, after his mother’s death in 1910.
Jensen began drawing and painting at an early age, and traveled extensively in his lifetime. In 1926, he studied art in Munich with abstract expressionist painter, Hans Hofmann. It was during that time that he met American art collector Saidie Adler May, who became his patron. For more than thirty years, Jensen and May traveled extensively. He studied and painted and assisted May in finding works to add to her collection.
His works reflect his interest in physics, color theory, astronomy and Chinese history.
Jensen’s works are included in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Smithsonian, the Whitney and many others.