VICTOR VASARELY

(Pécs, 1908 - Paris, 1997) Hungarian-born, Victor was one of the founders of the op art (optical art) movement. His work entitled Zebra, created in the 1930's, is considered by some to be one of the earliest examples of Op-art. Victor Vasarely developed his own geometric form of abstraction, which he varied to create different optical patterns with a kinetic effect. The artist makes a grid in which he arranges geometric forms in brilliant colours in such a way that the eye perceives a fluctuating movement. This was a major contribution to the development of Op Art.
Vasarely has abandoned his study of medicine to learn traditional academic painting at the private Podolini-Volkmann Academy. He also studied at the Bauhaus Muhely in Budapest and in 1930 he emigrated to Paris.
In Paris in he worked as a commercial artist, mainly designing posters. Over the next three decades, Vasarely developed his style of geometric abstract art, working in various materials but using a minimal number of forms and colours.
During the 1960's and 70's his optical images became part of the popular culture, having a deep impact on architecture, computer science and fashion.The official spiral-shaped logo of the 20th Olympic games in Munich was designed by Vasarely. He died in Paris on 15 March 1997.

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1950 - 50x42cm - Dorog - Oil on cardboard on wood
Photo: Jaime Acioli