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Victor Vasarely

French, Hungarian, 1906-1997

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.

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Victor Vasarely Serigraph
By Victor Vasarely
Located in San Francisco, CA
Victor Vasarely: 1906-1997. Well listed Hungarian French artist with auction results for a single print over $100,000. He is considered the grandfather of the op art movement. Size d...
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Mid-20th Century Op Art Victor Vasarely

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Ilile D
By Victor Vasarely
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 Victor Vasarely

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Saeule HK (Detail), 1967 (~36% OFF LIMITED TIME ONLY)
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Kansas City, MO
Victor Vasarely Saeule HK (Detail), 1967 Silkscreen on thick glazed paper (after a painting from 1964) Image Size: 10.4 x 4.7 in. Sheet size: 10.6 x 10.6 in. Unsigned as issued Print...
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1960s Op Art Victor Vasarely

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TallerOr
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Fairlawn, OH
TallerOr Screen print printed on "card board" (cream poster board), 1968 Signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 150 (54/150), plus 11 for the Vasarely Foundation Publisher: Atelier A...
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1960s Op Art Victor Vasarely

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H 23.5 in W 232.5 in
Untitled
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Untitled. Original color silkscreen, cca. 1980. Edition of 200 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper. Victor Vasarely was a French painter of Hungarian origin. Influenced b...
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Late 20th Century Op Art Victor Vasarely

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VICTOR VASARELY - OEUVRES PROFONDES CINETIQUES VII
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Pembroke Pines, FL
Artist: Victor Vasarely Title: Profound Works VII Year: 1973 Not signed or numbered, as published Dimensions: 12 in. by 12 in. Framed Edition: From the Rare Limited Edition Publisher...
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1970s Op Art Victor Vasarely

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VICTOR VASARELY - OEUVRES PROFONDES CINETIQUES VI - 1973
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Pembroke Pines, FL
Artist: Victor Vasarely Title: Profound Works VI Year: 1973 Not signed or numbered, as published Dimensions: 12 in. by 12 in. Framed Edition: From the Rare Limited Edition Publisher:...
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1970s Op Art Victor Vasarely

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VICTOR VASARELY - OEUVRES PROFONDES CINETIQUES - 1973
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Pembroke Pines, FL
Artist: Victor Vasarely Title: Profound Works Year: 1973 Not signed or numbered, as published Dimensions: 12 in. by 12 in. Framed Edition: From the Rare Limited Edition Publisher: Ed...
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1970s Op Art Victor Vasarely

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Screen

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Find a wide variety of authentic Victor Vasarely art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of purple, blue, pink and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Victor Vasarely in screen print, lithograph, paper and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the abstract style. Not every interior allows for large Victor Vasarely art, so small editions measuring 4 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Yaacov Agam, Roy Ahlgren, and Julian Stanczak. Victor Vasarely art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $250 and tops out at $350,000, while the average work can sell for $2,600.
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  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Victor Vasarely was originally from Hungary. He was born in Pécs on April 9, 1906. His family moved to Piešťany, Slovakia, during his childhood, and he attended medical and art schools in Budapest, Hungary. In 1930, Vasarely relocated to Paris, France, and lived there until his death on March 15, 1997. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Victor Vasarely was a Hungarian-French artist best known for his Op art. By combining principles of geometry with artistic techniques, he produced two-dimensional works with incredible depth. Some even seem to move on the canvas. Vasarely also made sculptures, collages and decorative accents. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Victor Vasarely's famous painting Zebra is on display at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, France. He painted the piece in 1937. You can see elements of the Op art style that Vasarely would later become famous for taking shape in the painting. On 1stDibs, find a range of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Many things inspired Victor Vasarely over the course of his life. The color theory of Josef Albers, and the Constructivist methods of Wassily Kandinsky greatly influenced his work. He also found inspiration in the geometry of the natural world, particularly in the landscapes of Breton Beach of Belle Isle in France. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    One key fact about Victor Vasarely is that he is considered the grandfather of Op art due to his eye-popping geometric abstractions that play with the viewer’s perception of depth, perspective and motion. He was born in Pécs, Austria-Hungary, on April 9, 1906, and began studying medicine at the Eötvös Loránd University in 1925 with the hope of one day becoming a doctor. Two years later, he shifted gears and enrolled in a painting course at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy. 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. One final fact is that both Hungary and France have issued postage stamps featuring his artwork. On 1stDibs, explore a range of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Victor Vasarely was born in Pécs, Hungary, on April 9, 1906. Over the course of his life, he lived in Piešťany, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; and Paris, France. He died in Paris on March 15, 1997. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To pronounce Victor Vasarely, say "VIK-tr va-sr-EH-lee." His first name and surname are Hungarian. The artist, known as one of the pioneers of Op art, was born in Pécs, Hungary, on April 9, 1906. Find a variety of Victor Vasarely art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Victor Vasarely was an abstract artist. Specifically, he was a part of the Op art movement, which focused on depicting two-dimensional abstract images that appear three-dimensional. His best known works include Zebras, Tridim, Vega-Nor, Denfert and Cheyt-M. Find a collection of Victor Vasarely art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Many historians identify Zebras as Victor Vasarely's most famous piece. He painted the work in 1937. Some of his most famous Op art compositions include Tridim, Vega-Nor, Denfert and Cheyt-M. On 1stDibs, find a range of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Victor Vasarely used a variety of materials to produce his art. He painted with both oils and acrylics and usually used canvas as the base of his works. Many of his sculptures feature lucite and glass. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 21, 2024
    The name of one of the most well-known artworks by Victor Vasarely is Zebra. He produced the piece in 1937, and it depicts two zebras with bold black stripes that seem to undulate before the eye. Other acclaimed works by the Hungarian-French artist include Vega-Nor, Tekers MC, Keple-Gestalt, The Chess Board, Vonal-Stri, Vega 200 and Orion Gris. Explore a collection of Victor Vasarely art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    Victor Vasarely is best known for producing sculptures and paintings with a grid-like appearance. The Hungarian-French artist first began to create these works in 1960, aiming to play with how viewers perceive depth and form. These works demonstrated that kinetic art could be two-dimensional and evoke a sense of movement despite remaining stationary. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Victor Vasarely was an artist, working in painting, sculptures and collages. His vibrant, geometric pieces earned him the nickname of ‘grandfather’ of the Op Art movement. Shop a selection of Victor Vasarely’s pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    The exact number of paintings Victor Vasarely painted is unknown. However, historians know of more than 1,000 works produced by the artist over the course of his life. In addition to paintings, he produced sculptures, collages and decorative objects. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Victor Vasarely produced Op art by employing principles of physics and geometry. He painted his works by hand with oils and acrylics on canvas in a way that made the images seem three-dimensional and capable of movement. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    The exact number of artworks produced by Victor Vasarely is unknown. However, references include more than 1,000 pieces attributed to the Hungarian-French artist. Vasarely shaped the Op art movement with pieces like Tridim, Vega-Noir and Cheyt-M. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Victor Vasarely art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Victor Vasarely made 44 works of art in his lifetime. The artist’s paintings fell into the Op-Art movement and his work entitled Zebra is considered one of the earliest examples of Op-Art. His paintings often focus on bold colors, shading, shapes and optical illusions. Shop a selection of Vasarely pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.

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