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Victor Vasarely
Banya, 1964 Vintage Abstract Op Art Screen Print Serigraph

1964

$1,500

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Screen print square, inscribed 'Vasarely' at bottom, hung diagonally, sides of the square 23 1/2 x 23 1/2 (59.5 x 59.5); as hung, 33 x 33 (84 x 84). VICTOR VASARELY (1908-1997) Internationally recognized as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He is the acknowledged leader of the Op Art movement, and his innovations in color and optical illusion have had a strong influence on many modern artists. In 1947, Vasarely discovered his place in abstract art. Influenced by his experiences at Breton Beach of Belle Isle, he concluded that "internal geometry" could be seen below the surface of the entire world. He conceived that form and color are inseparable. "Every form is a base for color, every color is the attribute of a form." Forms from nature were thus transposed into purely abstract elements in his paintings. Recognizing the inner geometry of nature, Vasarely wrote, "the ellipsoid form will slowly, but tenaciously, take hold of the surface, and become its raison d'etre. Henceforth, this ovoid form will signify in all my works of this period, the 'oceanic feeling' I can no longer admit an inner world and another, an outer world, apart. The within and the without communicate by osmosis, or, one might rather say: the spatial-material universe, energetic-living, feeling-thinking, form a whole, indivisible. The languages of the spirit are but the super vibrations of the great physical nature." Vasarely was born in Pecs, Hungary in 1906. After receiving his baccalaureate degree in 1925, he began studying art at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy in Budapest. In 1928, he transferred to the Muhely Academy, also known as the Budapest Bauhaus, where he studied with Alexander Bortnyik. At the Academy, he became familiar with the contemporary research in color and optics by Johannes Itten, Josef Albers, and the Constructivists Malevich and Kandinsky. After his first one-man show in 1930, at the Kovacs Akos Gallery in Budapest, Vasarely moved to Paris. For the next thirteen years, he devoted himself to graphic studies. kinetic His lifelong fascination with linear patterning led him to draw figurative and abstract patterned subjects, such as his series of harlequins, checkers, tigers, and zebras. During this period, Vasarely also created multi-dimensional works of art by superimposing patterned layers of cellophane on one another to attain the illusion of depth. In 1943, Vasarely began to work extensively in oils, creating both abstract and figurative canvases. His first Parisian exhibition was the following year at the Galerie Denise Rene which he helped found. Vasarely became the recognized leader of the avant-garde group of artists affiliated with the gallery. In 1955, Galerie Denise Rene hosted a major group exhibition in connection with Vasarely's painting experiments with movement. This was the first important exhibition of kinetic art and included Geometric Abstraction works by Yaacov Agam, Pol Bury, Jesus Soto, Carlos Cruz Diez and Jean Tinguely, among others. During the 1950's, Vasarely wrote a series of manifestos on the use of optical phenomena for artistic purposes. Together with his paintings, these were a significant influence on younger artists. Public collections Austria Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz Belgium Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Liège Croatia Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb Denmark Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk France Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris Musée d'art moderne Lille métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq Germany Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover Ireland Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, Dublin Italy MUSEION - Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Bozen Japan Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

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  • Creator
    Victor Vasarely (1906 - 1997, French, Hungarian)
  • Creation Year
    1964
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.50 in. (59.69 cm)Width: 23.50 in. (59.69 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Good condition, frame needs some fastening.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3821698613

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About the Artist

Victor Vasarely

Widely considered the grandfather of Op art, the French-Hungarian painter Victor Vasarely (1906–97) created eye-popping geometric abstractions that play with the viewer’s perception of depth, perspective and motion. A classic example is the 1937 Zebra, which consists of undulating black and white stripes that suggest the form of the titular animal through optical trickery. The work is often credited as the earliest Op art painting.Such illusions were more than pleasing tricks for Vasarely, who insisted that “pure form and pure color can signify the world.” He wanted to “democratize” art by producing works in large editions at reasonable prices that were understandable across national and cultural boundaries. In the 1960s, he developed an alphabet plastique, or fine art alphabet, consisting of elementary visual building blocks that could be used in endless combinations to create original compositions. By employing this universal visual vocabulary and stripping away topical references, he sought to create what he called a “Planetary Folklore.”Embodying Vasarely’s singular belief that art should serve a social function, accessible to all, these innovations may perhaps be his greatest contribution to 20th-century art.Find a collection of Victor Vasarely prints, paintings, sculptures and other art on 1stDibs.
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