Victor Vasarely
Hungarian-French, 1906-1997
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Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Artists’ Jewellery from Calder to Koons, Diane Venet’s Ideal Collection,
Les Arts Décoratifs
2016
The Illusive Eye,
El Museo del Barrio
Eye Attack: Op Art and Kinetic Art 1950-1970,
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Considered one of the progenitors of Op Art for his optically complex and illusionistic paintings, Victor Vasarely spent the course of a long, critically acclaimed career seeking, and arguing for, an approach to art making that was deeply social. He placed primary importance on the development of an engaging, accessible visual language that could be universally understood—this language, for Vasarely, was geometric abstraction, more commonly known as Op Art. Through precise combinations of lines, geometric shapes, colors, and shading, he created eye-popping paintings, full of the illusion of depth, movement, and three-dimensionality. More than pleasing tricks for the eye, Vasarely insisted, “pure form and pure color can signify the world.”

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