Victor Vasarely" Essak "
1974 / 76
Acrylic on canvas
Signed and dated
42.52 x 42.52 in ( 108 x 108 cm )
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Certificate from The Foundation

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Private Collection, Paris

Artwork's description

Victor Vasarely est le Père de "l'Op Art ". A partir de 1960, la couleur éclate dans ses oeuvres: l'unité plastique est reprise « composée de deux éléments géométriques qui s'emboîtent l'un dans l'autre, se combinent, se permutent" . Avec ces unités bicolores aux tons puissants ou contrastés, le plasticien invente son alphabet plastique qui concrétise une idée datant du début du siècle chez les artistes abstraits: celle de dégager une méthode qui permet la création d'un langage universel compréhensible par tous.

A partir de 1968, jouant sur la déformation des lignes, Vasarely définit ses « structures universelles », puis il s'engage dans la célèbre période « Vega » où les gonflements induits par la déformation des éléments qui les composent, traduisent des formes qui s'échappent du plan pour créer ses spectaculaires volumes. Le plasticien cherche à évoquer l'univers insaisissable des galaxies, les pulsations cosmiques et la mutation biologique de la cellule.

Artist's biography

Victor Vasarely is a Hungarian artist born in Pécs in 1906 who obtained French nationality in 1961.

In the 1920s, he briefly studied medicine at the University of Budapest, before enrolling in Fine Arts, as well as at the Bauhaus school in Budapest. In 1932, he moved to Paris and worked as a graphic artist in advertising agencies as a designer-designer (at Havas or Draeger, famous printer of the time). He made his first major work (Zebra) in the genre of op art (kinetic art).

He bases his work on the inspiration of great masters such as Sonia Delaunay, Piet Mondrian, etc. Over the years, he has developed his own model of geometric abstract art. We find in his compositions, a minimum number of shapes and colors. He is recognized today as the father of optical art.

His work has evolved over time. Indeed, at the beginning, we notice in his works that he knew how to create a plastic alphabet, whose infinite combinations make his art, a methodical art. Finally, we observe in him a new style, moving towards an abstract pictorial creation.

In 1976, Victor Vasarely created his foundation in Aix en Provence to promote and conserve all of his work.

Vasarely died on March 15, 1997 in Annet-sur-Marne at the age of 91.

Victor Vasarely - " Essak ", 1974 / 76
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