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Provenance: Circle Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Bruce and Ann Bachmann, Chicago, acquired from the above, May 1989; Private collection, New York.

NOTE: The authenticity of the present work has been confirmed by Pierre Vasarely, President of the Foundation Vasarely, universal legatee and the moral right holder of …

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Signed twice, titled, and dated verso: Vasarely / "Orias" / 1980 / Vasarely
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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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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Victor Vasarely: Spatial Illusions in Three DimensionsWilliam Weston Gallery Ltd.
2018
Artists’ Jewellery from Calder to Koons, Diane Venet’s Ideal CollectionLes Arts Décoratifs
2016
Eye Attack: Op Art and Kinetic Art 1950-1970Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
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Orias, 1980

Acrylic on board
15 5/8 × 13 1/4 in
39.7 × 33.7 cm
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Heritage Auctions

Provenance: Circle Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Bruce and Ann Bachmann, Chicago, acquired from the …

Medium
Signature
Signed twice, titled, and dated verso: Vasarely / "Orias" / 1980 / Vasarely
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

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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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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