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Victor Vasarely

Born in: 1906

Hungary

Famous artist

Biography

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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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Edetta, Print

Victor Vasarely

Edetta, 1984
30.7 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
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Victor Vasarely

Kettes, 1988
27.5 x 16 x 2.25 inch
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$22,000

Victor Vasarely, Bianco, Painting

Victor Vasarely

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

Victor Vasarely, The Skier, Print

Victor Vasarely

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

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

Victor Vasarely, Munich Olympics, Print

Victor Vasarely

Munich Olympics, 1972
33 x 29 inch
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$2,400

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The Juggler, 1977
25.5 x 16 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Anole, Print

Victor Vasarely

Anole, 1984
17.7 x 14.2 inch
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$754

Victor Vasarely, Pink composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

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

Victor Vasarely, Deep blue composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Deep blue composition, 1980
29.9 x 22 inch
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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1964
31 x 17.5 inch
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Kardoe, 1982
29 x 15.5 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988
38.5 x 28.5 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Jidney, Print

Victor Vasarely

Jidney, 1970
27 x 27 inch
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$1,950

Victor Vasarely, Untitled from Permutations (Squares), Print

Victor Vasarely

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

Victor Vasarely, Sans titre, Print

Victor Vasarely

Sans titre, 1982
55.1 x 55.1 inch
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$4,525

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Euclide, 1984
17.7 x 14.2 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
30.7 x 29.5 inch
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$3,481

Victor Vasarely, Axo-Charga, Print

Victor Vasarely

Axo-Charga, 1970
23 x 17.5 inch
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$2,500

Victor Vasarely, Untitled from Permutations, Print

Victor Vasarely

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

Victor Vasarely, The Golfer, Print

Victor Vasarely

The Golfer, 1977
13 x 10 inch
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$875

Victor Vasarely, Kwartz, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kwartz, 1984
29.7 x 24.4 inch
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$870

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
30.7 x 29.9 inch
Print

$3,481

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
33.5 x 29.5 inch
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$3,481

Victor Vasarely, Composition pour Galerie Der Spiegel, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition pour Galerie Der Spiegel, 1959
13.6 x 9.4 inch
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$371

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Operenccia, Painting

Victor Vasarely

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

Victor Vasarely, Skieur descente, Print

Victor Vasarely

Skieur descente, 1983
33.1 x 24 x 0.4 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Vega-Wa, Print

Victor Vasarely

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

Victor Vasarely

Oerveng, 1970
22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Laîka, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laîka, 1970
22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Sonora, Print

Victor Vasarely

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

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1970
23.6 x 23.6 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Dia-or, Print

Victor Vasarely

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

Victor Vasarely

Opale III, 1970
22 x 19.7 x 0.4 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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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Constellation, Print

Victor Vasarely

Constellation, 1965
26.5 x 26.5 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Kaaba III, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kaaba III, 1988
40 x 23 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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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zint, Sculpture

Victor Vasarely

Zint, 1975
23.6 x 19.3 x 2.8 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Octogonal structures, Print

Victor Vasarely

Octogonal structures, 1969
24.4 x 24.4 x 0.4 inch
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Victor Vasarely, Sans titre, Print

Victor Vasarely

Sans titre, 1966
28 x 23.2 inch
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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Teer, Painting

Victor Vasarely

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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