Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely was born in Pecs (Hungary). He started his first studies of medicine, but soon changed his mind and joined the Academy of Fine Arts (1927-1929). After that, he went to Bauhaus in Budapest, where he became a pupil of notorious Sandor Bortnyik. His first exhibition was organized in Budapest in 1930, the same year in which he also moved to Paris. Initially the artist created a plastic alphabet whose countless combinations determined the birth of a “cerebral and methodical art”. He progressively forsook applied arts to focus on an abstract pictorial creation. Between 1935 and 1947 Vasarely lived a phase bound to a classical language, painting portraits, still life and landscapes. After that, he made a number of works in Belle-Isle-en-Mer, where the artist intended to show geometry internal to nature. He wrote “Yellow Manifesto” in 1955, where he defined the features typical of Kinetic Art. His compositions became more and more complex, geometrical elements were mixed and jammed to get closer to cellular structure. In 1965 he took part in exhibition “Responsive Eye” (New York), which would have brought up Op Art. The artist got interested in physics, architecture industry and wanted his language to be universal. He created his own foundation in 1976 in Aix-en-Provence, planning the building in order to materialize his concept of art in the city. In the following years Vasarely realized a Centre of Contemporary Art and a laboratory of meeting and research for artists, architects and engineers. They all took possession of their art. Vasarely has been celebrated in all greatest museums on the planet. He died in 1997 in Annet-sur-Marne, France.

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