Bill Jensen

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Bill Jensen
Spannocchia I
Ink on paper.
8 1/4 x 9 inches (209 x 227 mm)
Gift of Elaine Graham Weitzen.

After studying at the University of Minnesota, Jensen moved to New York City in 1970 and became known for the elegant sensuality of his colorful, biomorphic, abstract compositions. In his works on paper, he creates subtle variations in tone and value through the application of fluid, translucent layers of handmade ink on thick sheets of paper, which he washes between applications. His primary influence is ancient Chinese philosophy and poetry, but the title of this work comes from the place in Tuscany where he has a summer residence. Jensen's lyrical style has prompted comparisons with early American modernists such as Arthur Dove and Albert Pinkham Ryder, while his connection to East Asian art and philosophy aligns him with postwar artists such as Bruce Conner and Brice Marden.


Signed and inscribed on verso, "Bill Jensen / To [illegible] Elaine [illegible] on Christmas 1997/ Bill / Spannocchia I / II 1994."

Gift of the artist to Elaine Weitzen, from whom acquired by the Morgan.
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