Hekatompedon, Per 8, 1965
Gouache on paper board
53.625 x 43.625 x 2 inches, framed
Private Collection, New York
Artist and scholar Alfred Jensen was fascinated by esoteric fields of knowledge, including world religions, color theory, and ancient mathematical systems. His obsessive, abstract artworks often incorporate numbers and colors to represent these ideas. Jensen painted Hekatompedon, Per 8 during a period when he focused on ancient Greek and Central American architectural structures and their relationships to the passage of time and the movement of the planets. This title references a now-lost Greek temple, the Hekatompedon, believed to be the first structure built on the site of the Parthenon.