Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely

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.

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