Victor Vasarely is widely regarded as a forefather of the Op art movement. Indeed, Vaserely is quoted as stating: I have faith in the advent of a polychrome and multidimensional language technological art that will radiate as the first purely visual language void of any anecdotic or literary references." He painted EG-1-2 two years after his inclusion in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Responsive Eye.
Galerie Denise René, Paris
Private Collection, Usa
Magdalena Holzhey, Vasarely, 1906-1997, Cologne 2005, p. 62, illustrated
Victor Vasarely is an Hugarian artist born in Pecs in 1906 which obtain the French nationality in 1961.
In the 20’s he follows during only two years medicine at the university of Budapest before he decides to go at Beaux-Arts and at the Bahaus’s school of Budapest.
In 1932, he settled in Paris where he works as graphic artist in ad agency as drawer-creator in Havas or Draeger.
He has done his first major work “Zebra” considered in kinetic art based of key figures like Sonia Delaunay, Piet Mondrian…
During years, he creates his own model of abstract art inspired by geometry. With can find in his works many colors and forms. He is actually recognized as the father of optical art.
His artworks changes and we noticed that is art is really methodical with infinite combinations that permit to create a number considerable of pieces. We find a new style by turning in some creation something more pictorial and abstract.
In 1976, he decided to create is own foundation to promove and conserve his entire work.
Victor Vasarely died in 1997 in Annet-sur-Marne at the age of 91 years old.