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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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US$2,393
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Optical Art
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Buffalo, NY
An original hand signed and numbered lithograph by the master of kinetic art Victor Vasarely. This work is in very good condition and is being offered unframed for this price. This...
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1970s Kinetic Victor Vasarely

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Paper, Lithograph

Untitled (Mur de brique)
By Victor Vasarely
Located in München, DE
Vasarely is widely regarded as the father of Op-Art. Even though he achieved great fame he insisted on making his art accessible to everyone. His motto was "Art for all".
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1930s Victor Vasarely

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Paper, Mixed Media, Tempera

USTEOK
By Victor Vasarely
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 Victor Vasarely

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Paper, Screen

Metagalaxie, Victor Vasarely
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 innovat...
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1980s Op Art Victor Vasarely

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Screen

Zaphir
By Victor Vasarely
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 Victor Vasarely

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Screen

Garam - 1972 - Victor Vasarely - Original Lithograph
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Roma, IT
Garam is an amazing colored lithograph realized by Victor Vasarely in 1972. The plate is from the portfolio Octal, edited by Bruckmann Publisher, München, in 1972, and with text by ...
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1970s Abstract Victor Vasarely

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Lithograph

"Untitled" Abstract, Geometric, Squares, Cubes, Hexagon, Colors, Movement
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Detroit, MI
Victor Vasarely born in 1906 was a Hungarian-French artist, who is widely accepted as a "grandfather" and leader of the Op Art movement. Op Art is a form of abstract art that gives t...
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Mid-20th Century Op Art Victor Vasarely

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Paper, Screen

Carden, OP Art Screenprint by Vasarely
By Victor 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 Victor Vasarely

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Screen

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Find wide variety of authentic Victor Vasarely art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you're looking for a way to add color to a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of blue, purple, pink and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Victor Vasarely in screen print, paper, lithograph and more. Much of this artist's original work 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 3.3299999237060547 inches across are available. Customers interested in this artist might also find the work of Richard Anuszkiewicz, Roy Ahlgren and Yaacov Agam. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $100 and tops out at $350,000, while the average work can sell for $2,200. .

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