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Op Art

OP ART STYLE

The Op art movement emerged in the 1960s, mirroring the counterculture of the time in its embrace of visual trickery, graphic shapes and bright colors.

Spreading across Europe and the Americas, the style — whose name is short for “optical art” — influenced advertising, fashion and interior design before fading in the early ’70s.

Op art remained significant, however, for artists and scientists interested in the nature of perception. And today, it’s seeing a resurgence of interest from collectors and interior designers.

Op artists played with the principles of perception, manipulating line, shape, patterns and color to create the illusion of depth and movement. They drew on and evolved methods developed by past movements, from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism, to produce intense visual experiences.

All the Op artists shared a focus on the gap between what is and what we perceive. Each, however, had a distinct approach to the issue and a unique visual style.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of Op art that includes works by Josef Albers, Bridget Riley, Jesús Rafael Soto and more.

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Style: Op Art
Ta Ma Fa Victor Vasarely
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Ta Ma Fa, 1978 Screenprint edition 161/250 (plus 25 numbered in Roman Numerals), pencil signed and number, image size 28"x21" Published by Hélion and printed by Atelier Arcay, Paris ...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Untitled (In Barcelona Suite), Larry Bell
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Larry Bell (1939) Title: Untitled (In Barcelona Suite) Year: 1989 Medium: Color Aquatint on Arches paper Edition: 75, plus proofs Size: 30 x 22 inches Condition: Excellent In...
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1980s Op Art

Materials

Aquatint

Colour Additive, one plate, 1970
Located in Cuauhtemoc, Ciudad de México
Silkscreen on light-weight card paper, signed in pencil, dated and numbered 4/200, with the blindstamp of the publisher Denise René Editions, Paris, with full margins. Squares const...
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20th Century Op Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

New York City Opera
Located in New York, NY
Anuszkiewicz created this poster, which was part of "Seven Serigraphs by Seven Artists" commemorating the 25th anniversary of City Center of Music and Dance, to support the New York ...
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1960s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Titan A
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Victor Vasarely Titan A 1985 Screenprint 22 x 23 1/2 in. Edition of 300 Pencil signed & numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art Con...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Zaphir
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Victor Vasarely Zaphir c.1970 Screenprint on wove paper 13 x 10 in. Edition of 50 Pencil signed & numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine A...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Roy Ahlgren 'Embryo' Signed Limited Edition Op-Art Serigraph Print
Located in San Rafael, CA
Roy Ahlgren Embryo, 1982 Serigraph Signed, title and edition in pencil in lower margin Edition 8/130 Sheet: 22 1/4in H x 29 3/4in L (unframed)
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Late 20th Century Op Art

Materials

Archival Paper, Screen

Vintage Chokk Mini C Original Op Art Vasarely Collage Painting
Located in Surfside, FL
VICTOR VASARELY (1908-1997) CHOKK-MINI C, 1988. Colored paper collage, signed in black ink lower right Titled, signed, dated and numbered 'VAS-440' on the verso; Frame: 24.75" x 18" ...
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20th Century Op Art

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Mixed Media

USTEOK
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph on paper. Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Artwork size 36 x 18 inches. Frame size approx 49 x 30 inches. From the edition of 200. Certificate of authenticity i...
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1970s Op Art

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Paper, Screen

An American Portrait, 1976, Yaacov Agam
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yaakov Agam (1928) Title: An American Portrait Year: 1976 Medium: Offset Lithograph on wove paper Size: 27.75 x 19.25 inches Condition: Excellent Notes: Published by Mourlot ...
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1970s Op Art

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Lithograph, Offset

Farbwelt by Victor Vasarely - Op Art painting
Located in London, GB
Farbwelt by Victor Vasarely (1908-1997) Acrylic on canvas 130.6 x 92.1 cm (51³/₈ x 36¹/₄ inches) Signed, titled, dated 1963 (HH) and inscribed 2621 on the reverse Conceived in 1963 a...
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1970s Op Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Israeli 1970s OP Art Kabbala Painting "Jerusalem, 5732" (Star of David) Judaica
Located in Surfside, FL
Ya'acov Kaszemacher, well-known artist and photographer whose unique images of Hassidic festivities are fascinating to view, and offer one an opportunity to peek into the community...
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1970s Op Art

Agam Silkscreen Judaica Kiddush Cup Signed Israeli Kinetic Op Art Sculpture
Located in Surfside, FL
This is a revolving colorful kiddush cup with a signed and numbered Agam op art print in it. this includes the base tray. There is no cup insert so it is more of a sculptural piece ...
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1990s Op Art

Materials

Metal

Oscar Reutersvard Original Op Art Pen, Ink & Watercolor Drawing C.1990
Located in San Francisco, CA
Oscar Reutersvard Original Op Art Pen, Ink & Watercolor Drawing C.1990 Dimensions 8" wide x 11" high Housed in a simple frame - Dimensions 15" wide x 19" high Signed at the lower ...
Category

Late 20th Century Op Art

Materials

Ink, Watercolor

Ringling
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: David Simpson Title: Ringling Year: c. 1969 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 80 Size: 30 x 22.5 inches
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1960s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Polarization, Limited Edition Silkscreen, Roy Ahlgren
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
ROY AHLGREN (1927 - 2011) American Printmaker, painter and instructor, Ahlgren became known during the Op Art movement in the early 1960s. He created geometric abstract designs, and ...
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1980s Op Art

Materials

Screen

HOMAGE TO HIRST (DIMENSIONAL PIECES OF WOOD WITH MAGNETS)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original dimensional hand painted wood pieces with magnets attached to a rectangle shaped wood. Hand signed on front and verso by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Cer...
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Late 20th Century Op Art

Materials

Wood, Acrylic

"Fiesta" Op Art Serigraph by Roy Ahlgren
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roy Ahlgren, American (1927 - 2011) Title: Fiesta Year: circa 1970 Medium: Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 130 Image Size: 18 x 26 inches Size: 22 x 30 in...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Untitled, (Black And Silver), Original Screen Print 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled - (Black And Silver) is a very colorful artwork realized by Jesús-Rafael Soto in the 1970s. Mixed colored serigraph on paper. The print is hand-signed in pencil on the lo...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Untitled Elongated Triangle 1 (s.10)
Located in London, London, City of
A Beautiful example of Bridget Riley's Elongated Triangle 1 Coloured Screenprint Signed and Dated in Pencil 8/75 Framed in a Chrome Frame
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1970s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Olkia-1
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Olkia-1 Color lithograph, 1962 Signed dated and numbered in lower margin Edition: 80 (32/80) Condition: Very good. White pigment appears to have been added along the border of the ov...
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1960s Op Art

Materials

Lithograph

"Concentric Space (Silver)", Silkscreen by Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Concentric Space (Silver) Year: 1969 Medium: Silkscreen on foil paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 50 Image...
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1960s Op Art

Materials

Foil

Centered Rings, from Twelve Progressions
Located in Miami, FL
Technical Information: Julian Stanczak Centered Rings, from Twelve Progressions 1971 Screenprint 26 1/8 x 31 3/4 in. Edition of 90 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA b...
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1970s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Saphan, Abstract Screenprint by Omar Rayo
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Omar Rayo, Colombian (1928 - ) Title: Saphan Year: 1969 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 75 Paper Size: 21 x 23 inches; 53.3 x 58.4 cm
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1960s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Split Infinity #8B5 by Herbert Aach
Located in Long Island City, NY
This serigraph was created by German Op artist Herbert Aach. Aach's prints play with geometry and form, and trick the viewer's eyes by juxtaposing bright neon colors. This print is s...
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1980s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Vintage Laminated Cast Acrylic Block c.1970s
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vasa Velizar Mihich Mid Century Laminated Cast Acrylic Block c.1970s Vintage 1970s Acrylic Block Every Angle Reveals A Different Optic Dimensions 2.25" x 2" x 4.25" At some angle...
Category

Mid-20th Century Op Art

Materials

Acrylic Polymer

"Pinwheel," OP Serigraph, 1980
Located in Long Island City, NY
This serigraph was created by German artist Jurgen Peters. Peters was a very well known optical artist in the 1970s, he was a contemporary of Victor Vasarely, Yaacov Agam and Briget ...
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1980s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Victor Vasarely, Door, 1982
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Victor Vasarely (Hungarian / French 1906 – 1997) Door, 1982 Numbered ‘E.A. 7/9’ (lower left) and signed Vasarely (lower right) Artist’s proof Silkscreen print 43 x 23.1/2 in. (109.3 ...
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Mid-20th Century Op Art

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Screen

Carden, OP Art Screenprint by Vasarely
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Victor Vasarely, Hungarian (1908 - 1997) Title: Carden Year: 1980 Medium: Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP Size: 36.5 x 28 in. (92.71 x 71.12 cm)
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Faces of Dali #4, Limited Edition Silkscreen, Jean-Pierre Vasarely (YVARAL)
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
JEAN PIERRE (YVARAL) VASARELY (1934-2002) Born in Paris in 1934, he was the son of the highly acclaimed Kinetic artist Victor Vasarely. Although Yvaral’s family name was Vasarely, d...
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1970s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Peano Curves - Original Screen Print by Bruno Munari - 1991
Located in Roma, IT
Triptych for Munari is an original print realized by Bruno Munari in 1991. Mixed colored screen print on Fabriano Rosaspina paper. Hand-signed and numbered in pencil on the lower ...
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1990s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Harlequin Sportif
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Victor Vasarely, Hungarian (1908 - 1997) Title: Harlequin Sportif Year: circa 1988 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200 Image Size: 32 x 23.5 inches ...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

20th Century large optical art oil on board painting
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Circle of Victor Vasarely Oil on board 47 x 47 in. (119 x 119 cm.)
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20th Century Op Art

Materials

Oil, Board

Do It Yourself
By Gunter Uecker
Located in London, GB
Hammer and two nails on wood board, 1930, signed in pencil, from an unknown edition size, published by Edition VICE-Versand, Remscheid, Germany, overall sizes: 34 x 16.5 x 7.8 cm. (1...
Category

1930s Op Art

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Wood

Puerto Rican Abstract Geometric Op Art Silkscreen Lithograph Kinetic Art
Located in Surfside, FL
Pyramid, Ziggurat form. Hand signed and numbered silkscreen. Tony Bechara, Artist born in Puerto Rico in 1942. Painter, printmaker. Bechara attended Georgetown University in Washingt...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Bridget Riley, One Small Step, Screenprint on Paper, 2009
Located in London, GB
Bridget Riley, One Small Step, Screenprint on Paper, 2009 Screenprint in colours, on white wove paper Edition of 300 Hand signed, numbered and dated by the artist, recto. Published ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Op Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

Prochromatique YC2
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Canvas with steel colored steel bars Signed Unique
Category

2010s Op Art

Materials

Acrylic

Pulse
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Kyohei Inukai, American (1913 - 1985) Title: Pulse Year: circa 1970 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 37/100 Image Size: 21.75 x 25.5 inches Size: 23...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Lenk Series A, Limited Edition Silkscreen, Thomas Lenk
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
KASPAR-THOMAS LENK (1933- ) German sculptor and painter. He is world renowned for his stylized figurative works that resemble ruined, burnt-out buildings or landscape forms. Early on...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Untitled #6 (2 black spheres with green and gray)
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Victor Vasarely Untitled #6 (2 black spheres with green and gray) c.1970 Screenprint 17 1/4 x 15 in. Edition of 75 Pencil signed & numbered Accompanied w...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

s/t 3
Located in Tbilisi, GE
In wooden frame. Actual work is 50cm x 50cm x 2cm; Medium - paper. Signature in pencil at the front. From the edition of 50
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2010s Op Art

Materials

Mixed Media, Paper

OR-VAR
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph on paper. Hand signed and numbered by the artist. From the edition of 250. Certificate of authenticity included. Artwork in excellent condition. All reasonable offers w...
Category

1980s Op Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

Blue Composition - Original Screen Print on Paper by Victor Debach - 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed and numbered. Edition of 100 prints. On headed paper.
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1970s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Two Tigers on Green
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Victor Vasarely, Hungarian (1908 - 1997) Title: Two Tigers on Green Year: 1980 Medium: Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 250, CL Image Size: 17.5 x 26 inche...
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1980s Op Art

Materials

Screen

untitled from Formulation: Articulation
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers, German (1888 - 1976) Title: Portfolio I, Folio 33 from Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Edition Size:1000 Medium: Silkscreen Image Size: 12 x 13 inches Fram...
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1970s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Split Infinity #B6S, Abstract Screenprint by Herbert Aach
Located in Long Island City, NY
This serigraph was created by German Op artist Herbert Aach. Aach's prints play with geometry and form, and trick the viewer's eyes by juxtaposing bright neon colors. This print is s...
Category

1980s Op Art

Materials

Screen

David Roth, Abstract Screenprint, 1979
Located in Long Island City, NY
This screenprint was created by American artist David Roth. Roth's images are proportioned according to a strict mathematical formula - the pictures are composed according to horizon...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Polar Sea
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roy Ahlgren, American (1927 - 2011) Title: Polar Sea Year: circa 1983 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 100 Image Size: 18 x 25.5 inches Size: 22.5 x ...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Ilile D
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Ilile D Screen print, 1990 Signed lower right (see photo) Numbered lower left (see photo) Edition: 300 plus 50 EA Published by Circle Art Gallery Reference: Benavides 1116 Condition:...
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1990s Op Art

Materials

Screen

"Pinwheel," OP Serigraph, 1980
Located in Long Island City, NY
This serigraph was created by German artist Jurgen Peters. Peters was a very well known optical artist in the 1970s, he was a contemporary of Victor Vasarely, Yaacov Agam and Briget ...
Category

1980s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Safe Harbor, Op Art Serigraph by Roy Ahlgren
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roy Ahlgren, American (1927 - 2011) Title: Safe Harbor Year: 1988 Medium: Serigraph, signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil Edition: 11/100 Size: 22 x 30 in. (55.88 x ...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Yellow Composition - Original Screen Print on Paper by Victor Debach - 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed and numbered. Edition of 100 prints. On headed paper.
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1970s Op Art

Materials

Screen

The Red Line - Original Lithograph by Mario Padovan - 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
The Red Line is an original colored lithograph realized by Mario Padovan in the 1970s. Hand-signed in pencil on the lower right. Numbered in pencil on the lower left. Edition 2/100....
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1970s Op Art

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Lithograph

Beryll
Located in Kansas City, MO
Victor Vasarely Beryll Year: 1972 Color lithograph on cream-colored Arches Size: 11.5 × 7.2 on 12.5 × 9.8 inches Edition: 800 Publisher: Alain C. Mazo, Paris u. Léon Amiel, New York,...
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1970s Op Art

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Lithograph

Pink Composition, Victor Vasarely
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Victor Vasarely (1908-1997) Title: Pink Composition Year: Circa 1982 Medium: Silkscreen on Arches paper Edition: 300, plus proofs Size: 27.5 x 20.25 inches Condition: Excelle...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Pink Optical Composition - Original Screen Print by Mario Padovan - 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Pink Optical Composition is an original colored serigraph realized by Mario Padovan in the 1970s. Hand-signed in pencil on the lower right. Numbered in pencil on the lower left. Edi...
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1970s Op Art

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Lithograph

National Crevice, Limited Edition Silkscreen, Roy Ahlgren
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
ROY AHLGREN (1927 - 2011) American Printmaker, painter and instructor, Ahlgren became known during the Op Art movement in the early 1960s. He created geometric abstract designs, and ...
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1980s Op Art

Materials

Screen

Solitude, OP Art Seascape by Roy Ahlgren
Located in Long Island City, NY
Solitude Roy Ahlgren, American (1927–2011) Date: 1987 Screenprint, signed, numbered, dated, and titled in pencil Edition of 95 Image Size: 18 x 26 inches Size: 22 x 30 in. (55.88 x 7...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

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