Victor Vasarely

In 1927, after two years, he abandoned his medical studies to learn academic painting at the private Vodolini-Volkmann Academy.

In 1928-1929 he attended Sándor Bortnyik’s private art school called Műhely (lit. ‘Workshop’, existing until 1938) recognised as the Bauhaus in Budapest.

In 1930 he married and began working as a graphic designer, particularly as a poster artist. Also in 1930, he moved to Paris working as a creative consultant for agencies and graphic designer until 1935.

The years between 1935 and 1947 – Paintings

 After the Second World War he opened an atelier in Arcueil, a suburb, about 6 miles from Paris. Between 1944 and 1947 he experimented with various forms of expression, portraiture, cubism, futurism, expressionism, symbolism, surrealism but without a distinctive style of his own prevailing.

Victor Vasarely, Op Art and Kinetic Art

Finally, he began to create art and sculpture using optical illusion, through abstract, geometric art and a minimum of repeated colours and shapes. The main works – Sirius II, Ondho and Arny-C.

Initially he created a plastic alphabet of infinite combinations, from which a cerebral and methodical art was born. Putting the applied arts aside, he became interested in abstract pictorial creation on which he worked for three decades.

In 1955, he drafted the Jaune Manifesto, in which he defined the special characteristics of Kinetic Art. His works became increasingly complex, geometric elements interlocked, changed, combined and united, approaching the cellular structure.

In 1959, he obtained French citizenship.

In 1965, he exhibited Responsive Eye at the MOMA in New York, dedicated entirely to Optical Art. The artist delved into physics, architecture and industry, trying to create a language that was universal.

The Vasarely Foundation

In 1976, he created his foundation in Aix-en-Provence – The very building that houses it is designed to realise his conception of art in the city. Subsequently, Vasarely created a Centre for Contemporary Art and a workshop for artists, architects and engineers to meet and do research.

Vasarely died aged 90 in Paris on 15 March 1997.

Artworks for sale

CTA-105.A by Victor Vasarely for sale AM Arte Moderna

CTA-105.A

1966 - inch 39,4 x 39,4

CELL by Victor Vasarely for sale AM Arte Moderna

CELL

1970 - inch 41,7 x 40,5

Jatek by Victor Vasarely for sale AM Arte Moderna

Jatek

1984 - inch 61,5 x 58

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