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Victor Vasarely is a French-Hungarian painter. He was born and raised in Pecs, Hungary, then studied medicine in Budapest. In 1927, he abandoned medicine and opted for traditional academic painting instead. He trained in Hungary at the Pololini-Volkmann Academy and in 1929, he enrolled at Sándor Bortnyik's "workshop", which was widely recognized as the center of Bauhaus studies in Budapest. By 1931, he was established in Paris and worked in advertising from 1936-44 where he designed important graphic works deriving from his own semantics. In 1944, he participated in the founding of the Denise René gallery, which he inaugurated with his first exhibition. A series of portraits executed in 1946, testified to his preoccupations in a post-Cubist spirit, but sometimes curiously "exploded": Seven Years of Misfortune.

Vasarely's excellence in drawing was quickly noticed. In 1929 he painted his Blue Study and Green Study. In 1930 he married his fellow student Claire Spinner (1908-1990). Together they had two sons, Andre and Jean-Pierre. In Budapest, he worked for a ball-bearings company in accounting and designing advertising posters. Victor Vasarely became a graphics designer and a poster artist during the 1930's who combined patterns and organic images with each other.

He studied at the Bauhaus Muhely in Budapest and in 1930 emigrated to Paris where he developed his particular vision which stems from the idea of democratizing the art object. Influenced greatly by the problems of the world's cities, he feels his work offers a solution by presenting a clear view of the "color-surface-perception" relationship.

Vasarely left Hungary and settled in Paris in 1930 working as a graphic artist and as a creative consultant at the advertising agencies Havas, Draeger and Devambez (1930-1935). His interactions with other artists during this time were limited. He played with the idea of opening up an institution modeled after Sándor Bortnyik and developed some teaching material for it. Having lived mostly in cheap hotels, he settled in 1942/1944 in Saint-Céré in the Lot département. After the Second World War, he opened an atelier in Arcueil, a suburb some 10 kilometers from the center of Paris (in the Val-de-Marne département of the Île-de-France). In 1961 he finally settled in Annet-sur-Marne (in the Seine-et-Marne département).

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 colors.

He has used the income from the sale of these "investigations," as he calls his prints, to establish a socio-cultural foundation in Aix-en-Provence, France, for the study of the integration of plastic beauty at all levels of the urban environment. He is represented in major museums all over the world and has received many artistic and honorary awards. Among these distinctions are the French Legion of Honor, the Guggenheim Prize, and the Gold Medal of the Triennale in Milan.

On 5 June 1970, Vasarely opened his first dedicated museum with over 500 works in a renaissance palace in Gordes (closed in 1996). A second major undertaking was the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence, a museum housed in a distinct structure specially designed by Vasarely. It was inaugurated in 1976 by French president Georges Pompidou. Sadly the museum is now in a state of disrepair, several of the pieces on display have been damaged by water leaking from the ceiling. Also, in 1976 his large kinematic object Georges Pompidou was installed in the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Vasarely Museum located at his birth place in Pécs, Hungary, was established with a large donation of works by Vasarely. In 1982 154 specially created serigraphs were taken into space by the cosmonaut Jean-Loup Chrétien on board the French-Soviet spacecraft Salyut 7 and later sold for the benefit of UNESCO. In 1987, the second Hungarian Vasarely museum was established in Zichy Palace in Budapest with more than 400 works.

He died in Paris on 15 March 1997.

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Victor Vasarely, Homage to Johann Sebastian Bach, Print

Victor Vasarely

Homage to Johann Sebastian Bach, 1973 64 x 62 x 0.3 cm Print

$1,659

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Operenccia, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Operenccia, 1986 101.6 x 167.6 x 2.5 cm Painting

$450,000

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, The Juggler, Print

Victor Vasarely

The Juggler, 1977 64.8 x 40.6 cm Print

$1,500

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Oslop 3, Print

Victor Vasarely

Oslop 3, 1989 61 x 53.8 cm Print

$1,016

Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988 97.8 x 72.4 cm Print

$1,500

Victor Vasarely, Figure géométrique, Print

Victor Vasarely

Figure géométrique, 1988 77 x 55 cm Print

$1,141 $1,027

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zebra No. 2, Print

Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 2, 1984 61 x 47 cm Print

$964

Victor Vasarely, Garam, Print

Victor Vasarely

Garam, 1972 39.5 x 47.8 x 0.1 cm Print

$1,452

Victor Vasarely, YKA, Print

Victor Vasarely

YKA, 1989 62 x 54 cm Print

$912

Victor Vasarely, Konjunktion, Print

Victor Vasarely

Konjunktion, 1987 57 x 54 cm Print

$1,244

Victor Vasarely, Heisenberg, Print

Victor Vasarely

Heisenberg, 1979 64.5 x 60.5 cm Print

$1,016

Victor Vasarely, G-Linn, Print

Victor Vasarely

G-Linn, 1951 55 x 40 cm Print

$1,045

Victor Vasarely, Two Tigers on Green, Print

Victor Vasarely

Two Tigers on Green, 1980 54.6 x 76.2 cm Print

$1,500

Victor Vasarely, Fille Fleur, Print

Victor Vasarely

Fille Fleur, 1980 66 x 40.6 cm Print

$1,200

Victor Vasarely, SETTE, Print

Victor Vasarely

SETTE, 1988 80 x 70 cm Print

$1,555

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, TR-UR, Print

Victor Vasarely

TR-UR, 1980 99.7 x 78.1 cm Print

$4,000

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Vertigo, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vertigo, 1982 67.9 x 57.8 cm Print

$4,000

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Pink Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Pink Composition, 1982 69.9 x 51.4 cm Print

$3,500

Victor Vasarely, Terz Liten, Print

Victor Vasarely

Terz Liten, 1978 30 x 24 x 0.1 cm Print

$1,389

Victor Vasarely, Clown, Print

Victor Vasarely

Clown, 1987 58 x 55 cm Print

$1,450

Victor Vasarely, Tsillag, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tsillag, 1986 50 x 45 cm Print

$1,016

Victor Vasarely, ATTA, Print

Victor Vasarely

ATTA, 1988 54 x 59.5 cm Print

$933

Victor Vasarely, Our MC, Print

Victor Vasarely

Our MC, 1965 66 x 64.8 cm Print

$2,500

Victor Vasarely, Gestalt-Sin, Print

Victor Vasarely

Gestalt-Sin, 1970 59.5 x 39 x 3 cm Print

$2,592 $2,333

Victor Vasarely, Composition Cinétique, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition Cinétique, 1964 55 x 49 cm Print

$726

Victor Vasarely, Pink composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Pink composition, 1980 70 x 51 cm Print

$1,800

Victor Vasarely, Deep blue composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Deep blue composition, 1980 76 x 56 cm Print

$1,800

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, DIAM, Print

Victor Vasarely

DIAM, 1988 70 x 62 cm Print

$12,443

Victor Vasarely, Bianco, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Bianco, 1987 132.1 x 132.1 x 2.5 cm Painting

$450,000

Victor Vasarely, Broey Neg, Print

Victor Vasarely

Broey Neg, 1989 33.5 x 28 x 0.2 cm Print

$674

Victor Vasarely, Balaton, Print

Victor Vasarely

Balaton, 1989 33.5 x 28 x 0.2 cm Print

$674

Victor Vasarely, Les années cinquante 2, Print

Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 2, 1989 70 x 57 x 0.2 cm Print

$1,970

Victor Vasarely, Les années cinquante 7, Print

Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 7, 1989 70 x 57 x 0.2 cm Print

$1,970

Victor Vasarely, Dell-Surk (Benavides 267), Print

Victor Vasarely

Dell-Surk (Benavides 267), 1975 82.9 x 82.9 cm Print

$3,500

Victor Vasarely, Metagalaxie, Print

Victor Vasarely

Metagalaxie, 1989 81.3 x 70 cm Print

$4,500

Victor Vasarely, Thez, Print

Victor Vasarely

Thez, 1982 92.7 x 76.2 cm Print

$4,000

Victor Vasarely, DOR-OR, Print

Victor Vasarely

DOR-OR, 1982 108.6 x 59.7 cm Print

$4,500

Victor Vasarely, Olla, Print

Victor Vasarely

Olla, 1988 70 x 77 x 0.1 cm Print

$2,281

Victor Vasarely, Cibira, Print

Victor Vasarely

Cibira, 1972 48 x 40 x 0.1 cm Print

$498

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980 78 x 76 cm Print

$3,111

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980 78 x 75 cm Print

$3,111

Victor Vasarely, Locmarina, Print

Victor Vasarely

Locmarina, 1972 48 x 40 cm Print

$467

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zebra No. 3, Print

Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 3, 1984 62 x 78 cm Print

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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Koeroek, Print

Victor Vasarely

Koeroek, 1983 58 x 54 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Tennis Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tennis Player, 1978 45.7 x 36.8 cm Print

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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1970 60 x 60 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Vega-Wa, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vega-Wa, 1970 50 x 56 x 1 cm Print

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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Kabba II, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kabba II, 1989 102.5 x 64 x 0.1 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Hyram, Print

Victor Vasarely

Hyram, 1986 76 x 65 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Cover Illustration for the Catalogue, L’Art Livant 1965-1968, Print

Victor Vasarely

Cover Illustration for the Catalogue, L’Art Livant 1965-1968, 1968 66 x 45.1 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Diorre, Print

Victor Vasarely

Diorre, 1986 85 x 76 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Phobos, Print

Victor Vasarely

Phobos, 1982 68 x 58 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Hommage to Bach, Print

Victor Vasarely

Hommage to Bach, 1984 64 x 62 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Offizielles Emblem für die Spiele der XX. Olympiade München 1972, Print

Victor Vasarely

Offizielles Emblem für die Spiele der XX. Olympiade München 1972, 1972 100 x 78 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Tridim-H, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tridim-H, 1970 65 x 50 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Hommage aux prix Nobel, Print

Victor Vasarely

Hommage aux prix Nobel, 1974 76 x 56 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Dia-Tuz-Neg, Print

Victor Vasarely

Dia-Tuz-Neg, 1980 58 x 57 x 0.1 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, DIA-TUZ-NEG, Print

Victor Vasarely

DIA-TUZ-NEG, 1980 58 x 57 x 0.1 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, DIA-TUZ-NEG, Print

Victor Vasarely

DIA-TUZ-NEG, 1980 58 x 57 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely, Cinétique 7, Print

Victor Vasarely

Cinétique 7, 1965 70 x 50 cm Print

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Victor Vasarely is a French-Hungarian painter. He was born and raised in Pecs, Hungary, then studied medicine in Budapest. In 1927, he abandoned medicine and opted for traditional academic painting instead. He trained in Hungary at the Pololini-Volkmann Academy and in 1929, he enrolled at Sándor Bortnyik's "workshop", which was widely recognized as the center of Bauhaus studies in Budapest. By 1931, he was established in Paris and worked in advertising from 1936-44 where he designed important graphic works deriving from his own semantics. In 1944, he participated in the founding of the Denise René gallery, which he inaugurated with his first exhibition. A series of portraits executed in 1946, testified to his preoccupations in a post-Cubist spirit, but sometimes curiously "exploded": Seven Years of Misfortune.

Vasarely's excellence in drawing was quickly noticed. In 1929 he painted his Blue Study and Green Study. In 1930 he married his fellow student Claire Spinner (1908-1990). Together they had two sons, Andre and Jean-Pierre. In Budapest, he worked for a ball-bearings company in accounting and designing advertising posters. Victor Vasarely became a graphics designer and a poster artist during the 1930's who combined patterns and organic images with each other.

He studied at the Bauhaus Muhely in Budapest and in 1930 emigrated to Paris where he developed his particular vision which stems from the idea of democratizing the art object. Influenced greatly by the problems of the world's cities, he feels his work offers a solution by presenting a clear view of the "color-surface-perception" relationship.

Vasarely left Hungary and settled in Paris in 1930 working as a graphic artist and as a creative consultant at the advertising agencies Havas, Draeger and Devambez (1930-1935). His interactions with other artists during this time were limited. He played with the idea of opening up an institution modeled after Sándor Bortnyik and developed some teaching material for it. Having lived mostly in cheap hotels, he settled in 1942/1944 in Saint-Céré in the Lot département. After the Second World War, he opened an atelier in Arcueil, a suburb some 10 kilometers from the center of Paris (in the Val-de-Marne département of the Île-de-France). In 1961 he finally settled in Annet-sur-Marne (in the Seine-et-Marne département).

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 colors.

He has used the income from the sale of these "investigations," as he calls his prints, to establish a socio-cultural foundation in Aix-en-Provence, France, for the study of the integration of plastic beauty at all levels of the urban environment. He is represented in major museums all over the world and has received many artistic and honorary awards. Among these distinctions are the French Legion of Honor, the Guggenheim Prize, and the Gold Medal of the Triennale in Milan.

On 5 June 1970, Vasarely opened his first dedicated museum with over 500 works in a renaissance palace in Gordes (closed in 1996). A second major undertaking was the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence, a museum housed in a distinct structure specially designed by Vasarely. It was inaugurated in 1976 by French president Georges Pompidou. Sadly the museum is now in a state of disrepair, several of the pieces on display have been damaged by water leaking from the ceiling. Also, in 1976 his large kinematic object Georges Pompidou was installed in the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Vasarely Museum located at his birth place in Pécs, Hungary, was established with a large donation of works by Vasarely. In 1982 154 specially created serigraphs were taken into space by the cosmonaut Jean-Loup Chrétien on board the French-Soviet spacecraft Salyut 7 and later sold for the benefit of UNESCO. In 1987, the second Hungarian Vasarely museum was established in Zichy Palace in Budapest with more than 400 works.

He died in Paris on 15 March 1997.

What is Victor Vasarely’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Op' Art, Colorful Geometric Painters, Geometric Sculptors, Art deco-style artists

When was Victor Vasarely born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1906