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Victor Vasarely

Born in: 1906

Hungary


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    Op' Art
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    Hungarian-born Victor Vasarely is known as a founder of optical art. Vasarely was born in Pecs and grew up in Pécs (then Pöstyén) and Budapest where in 1925 he took up medical studies at Budapest University. In 1927 he abandoned medicine to learn traditional academic painting at the private Podolini-Volkmann Academy. In 1928/1929, he enrolled at Sándor Bortnyik's M?hely (lit. "workshop", in existence until 1938), then widely recognized as the center of Bauhaus studies in Budapest. Cash-strapped, the m?hely could not offer the whole range of its illustrious Bauhaus model, and concentrated on applied graphic art and typographic design.

    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 colours.

    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, Bianco, Painting

    Victor Vasarely

    Bianco, 1987
    52 x 52 x 1 inch
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    $300,000

    Victor Vasarely, Two Tigers on Gold, Print

    Victor Vasarely

    Two Tigers on Gold, 1980
    21.5 x 30 inch
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    $1,500

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    Zebra No. 2, 1984
    24 x 18.5 inch
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    $1,081

    Victor Vasarely, YKA, Print

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    YKA, 1989
    24.4 x 21.3 inch
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    $906

    Victor Vasarely, Tsillag, Print

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    Tsillag, 1986
    19.7 x 17.7 inch
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    $906

    Victor Vasarely, Oslop 3, Print

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    Oslop 3, 1989
    24 x 21.2 inch
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    $906

    Victor Vasarely, Centaurus, Print

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    Centaurus, 1987
    26.4 x 21.3 inch
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    $906

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    CTA Blue 2, 1968
    27 x 27 inch
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    $2,250

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    Composition, 1964
    31 x 17.5 inch
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    $2,650

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    The Juggler, 1977
    25.5 x 16 inch
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    $1,500

    Victor Vasarely, Untitled from Permutations, Print

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    Untitled from Permutations, 1968
    27 x 27 inch
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    $2,800

    Victor Vasarely, The Skier, Print

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    The Skier, 1984
    33.5 x 24.5 inch
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    $1,500

    Victor Vasarely, Jidney, Print

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    Jidney, 1970
    27 x 27 inch
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    $1,950

    Victor Vasarely, Untitled from Permutations (Squares), Print

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    Untitled from Permutations (Squares), 1968
    27 x 27 inch
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    $2,800

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    Operenccia, 1986
    40 x 66 x 1 inch
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    $350,000

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    Zebra No. 3, 1984
    24.4 x 30.7 inch
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    $1,171

    Victor Vasarely, Sirius, Print

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    Sirius, 1982
    25.6 x 24 inch
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    $1,034

    Victor Vasarely, Heisenberg, Print

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    Heisenberg, 1979
    25.4 x 23.8 inch
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    $1,034

    Victor Vasarely, G-Linn, Print

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    G-Linn, 1951
    21.7 x 15.7 inch
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    $1,171

    Victor Vasarely, Antares, Print

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    Antares, 1970
    22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
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    $1,278

    Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

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    Untitled, 1980
    30.7 x 29.5 inch
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    $3,486

    Victor Vasarely, Pink composition, Print

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    Pink composition, 1980
    27.6 x 20.1 inch
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    $1,800

    Victor Vasarely, Deep blue composition, Print

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    Deep blue composition, 1980
    29.9 x 22 inch
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    $1,800

    Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, DIAM, Print

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    DIAM, 1988
    27.6 x 24.4 inch
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    $13,942

    Victor Vasarely, The Golfer, Print

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    The Golfer, 1977
    13 x 10 inch
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    $875

    Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

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    Harlequin Sportif, 1988
    38.5 x 28.5 inch
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    $1,500

    Victor Vasarely, Sans titre, Print

    Victor Vasarely

    Sans titre, 1982
    55.1 x 55.1 inch
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    $4,531

    Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

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    Untitled, 1980
    30.7 x 29.9 inch
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    $3,486

    Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

    Victor Vasarely

    Untitled, 1980
    33.5 x 29.5 inch
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    $3,486

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    Zint, 1975
    23.6 x 19.7 x 2.8 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Anole, Print

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    Anole, 1984
    17.7 x 14.2 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Vega-Wa, Print

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    Vega-Wa, 1970
    19.7 x 22 x 0.4 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Dia-or, Print

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    Dia-or, 1970
    22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Oerveng, Print

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    Oerveng, 1970
    22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Kaaba III, Print

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    Kaaba III, 1988
    40 x 23 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Skieur descente, Print

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    Skieur descente, 1983
    33.1 x 24 x 0.4 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Octogonal structures, Print

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    Octogonal structures, 1969
    24.4 x 24.4 x 0.4 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Konjunktion, Print

    Victor Vasarely

    Konjunktion, 1987
    22.4 x 21.3 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Composition pour Galerie Der Spiegel, Print

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    Composition pour Galerie Der Spiegel, 1959
    13.6 x 9.4 inch
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    Edetta, 1984
    30.7 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Opale III, Print

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    Opale III, 1970
    22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Laîka, Print

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    Laîka, 1970
    22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Munich Olympics, Print

    Victor Vasarely

    Munich Olympics, 1972
    33 x 29 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Axo-Charga, Print

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    Axo-Charga, 1970
    23 x 17.5 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Untitled from Permutations (Circle), Print

    Victor Vasarely

    Untitled from Permutations (Circle), 1968
    27 x 27 inch
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    Constellation, 1965
    26.5 x 26.5 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Sonora, Print

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    Sonora, 1974
    22 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
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    Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

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    Composition, 1970
    23.6 x 23.6 inch
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    Teer, 1984
    24 x 24 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Composition pour Galerie Der Spiegel, Print

    Victor Vasarely

    Composition pour Galerie Der Spiegel, 1959
    13.6 x 9.8 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, Sans titre, Print

    Victor Vasarely

    Sans titre, 1966
    28 x 23.2 inch
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    Victor Vasarely, BI-GA, Print

    Victor Vasarely

    BI-GA, 1978
    40.9 x 33.1 x 1.2 inch
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