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Artist:
Alfred Jensen, born Guatemala City, Guatemala 1903-died Livingston, NJ 1981  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
overall: 84 x 300 in. (213.4 x 762 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1964
Gallery Label:
In Honor Pythagoras, Per 1—Per VI, the thousands of shapes and color strokes symbolize the unity that Jensen saw behind art and science, feeling and thinking. The colored triangles represent prisms that break white light into brilliant hues, suggesting the mystical insight that Jensen felt mathematics offered. Jensen was born to a Danish couple living in Guatemala, and this enormous painting evokes the astronomical calendars found in Mesoamerican temple ruins. He arranged thick strokes of red, yellow, blue, and green in triangles and squares to express the inter-relatedness of all things. Colors affect us by their relation to one another, numbers take their meaning from combinations, and geometry underlies the basic shapes of the universe.Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Topic:
Abstract\geometric  Search this
Allegory\arts and sciences\mathematics  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Hugh W. Downe and museum purchase made possible by the American Art Forum
Object number:
2001.35A-F
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Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2001.35A-F