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Victor Vasarely

Hungary Born in: 1906 Famous artist
Movement: Op' Art

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, Structure géométrique gold, Print

Victor Vasarely

Structure géométrique gold, 1975
75 x 75 cm
Print

€ 1,200

Victor Vasarely, Bianco, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Bianco, 1987
132.1 x 132.1 x 2.5 cm
Painting

€ 312,399

Victor Vasarely, Kroa II, Sculpture

Victor Vasarely

Kroa II, 1968
31 x 31 x 31 cm
Sculpture

€ 26,777

Victor Vasarely, Skieur descente, Print

Victor Vasarely

Skieur descente, 1983
85 x 62 x 1 cm
Print

€ 1,590

Victor Vasarely, Konjunktion, Print

Victor Vasarely

Konjunktion, 1987
57 x 54 cm
Print

€ 930

Victor Vasarely, G-Linn, Print

Victor Vasarely

G-Linn, 1951
55 x 40 cm
Print

€ 1,008

Victor Vasarely, Striped Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Striped Composition, 1989
70 x 56.6 x 0.3 cm
Print

€ 1,000

Victor Vasarely, Brown And Yellow Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Brown And Yellow Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 1,600

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Operenccia, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Operenccia, 1986
101.6 x 167.6 x 2.5 cm
Painting

€ 312,399

Victor Vasarely, Red And Blue Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Red And Blue Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.3 cm
Print

€ 1,500

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zebra No. 3, Print

Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 3, 1984
62 x 78 cm
Print

€ 1,008

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zebra No. 2, Print

Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 2, 1984
61 x 47 cm
Print

€ 930

Victor Vasarely, Tsillag, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tsillag, 1986
50 x 45 cm
Print

€ 780

Victor Vasarely, Oslop 3, Print

Victor Vasarely

Oslop 3, 1989
61 x 53.8 cm
Print

€ 780

Victor Vasarely, Heisenberg, Print

Victor Vasarely

Heisenberg, 1979
64.5 x 60.5 cm
Print

€ 950

Victor Vasarely, VY 28 A - VP-118, Print

Victor Vasarely

VY 28 A - VP-118, 1972
105 x 62 cm
Print

€ 3,000

Victor Vasarely, Red And Green Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Red And Green Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.3 cm
Print

€ 1,200

Victor Vasarely, Our MC, Print

Victor Vasarely

Our MC, 1965
66 x 64.8 cm
Print

€ 2,231

Victor Vasarely, Garam, Print

Victor Vasarely

Garam, 1972
39.5 x 47.8 x 0.2 cm
Print

€ 1,400

Victor Vasarely, Mixed Red Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Red Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.2 cm
Print

€ 1,300

Victor Vasarely, Mixed Blue Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Blue Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 1,300

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, CTA Blue 2, Print

Victor Vasarely

CTA Blue 2, 1968
68.6 x 68.6 cm
Print

€ 2,008

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, The Juggler, Print

Victor Vasarely

The Juggler, 1977
64.8 x 40.6 cm
Print

€ 1,339

Victor Vasarely, Untitled from Permutations, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled from Permutations, 1968
68.6 x 68.6 cm
Print

€ 2,499

Victor Vasarely, The Skier, Print

Victor Vasarely

The Skier, 1984
85.1 x 62.2 cm
Print

€ 1,339

Victor Vasarely, Two Tigers on Gold, Print

Victor Vasarely

Two Tigers on Gold, 1980
54.6 x 76.2 cm
Print

€ 1,339

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Kabba II, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kabba II, 1989
102.5 x 64 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 1,800

Victor Vasarely, Hyram, Print

Victor Vasarely

Hyram, 1986
76 x 65 cm
Print

€ 1,500

Victor Vasarely, Figure géométrique, Print

Victor Vasarely

Figure géométrique, 1988
77 x 55 cm
Print

€ 750

Victor Vasarely, Vega III, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vega III, 1980
60 x 60 cm
Print

€ 3,800

Victor Vasarely, Granat, Print

Victor Vasarely

Granat, 1967
78.7 x 71.1 cm
Print

€ 2,231

Victor Vasarely, Mixed Pink Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Pink Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 1,300

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, DIAM, Print

Victor Vasarely

DIAM, 1988
70 x 62 cm
Print

€ 12,000

Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988
97.8 x 72.4 cm
Print

€ 1,339

Victor Vasarely, Kaglo, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kaglo, 1986
85 x 76 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 1,500

Victor Vasarely, Optical Cube, Print

Victor Vasarely

Optical Cube, 1975
46 x 46 x 3 cm
Print

€ 8,033

Victor Vasarely, ATTA, Print

Victor Vasarely

ATTA, 1988
54 x 59.5 cm
Print

€ 750

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
78 x 76 cm
Print

€ 3,000

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
78 x 75 cm
Print

€ 3,000

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
85 x 75 cm
Print

€ 3,000

Victor Vasarely, Pink composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Pink composition, 1980
70 x 51 cm
Print

€ 1,607

Victor Vasarely, Deep blue composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Deep blue composition, 1980
76 x 56 cm
Print

€ 1,607

Victor Vasarely, Laika, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laika, 1970
56 x 50 cm
Print

€ 3,200

Victor Vasarely, Golf Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Golf Player, 1987
34 x 25 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 650

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zint, Sculpture

Victor Vasarely

Zint, 1975
60 x 50 x 7 cm
Sculpture

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Victor Vasarely, Geometrical structure 4, Print

Victor Vasarely

Geometrical structure 4, 1973
64 x 62 x 1 cm
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Victor Vasarely, YKA, Print

Victor Vasarely

YKA, 1989
62 x 54 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Sirius, Print

Victor Vasarely

Sirius, 1982
65 x 61 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Centaurus, Print

Victor Vasarely

Centaurus, 1987
67 x 54 cm
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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Euclide, Print

Victor Vasarely

Euclide, 1984
45 x 36 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Anole, Print

Victor Vasarely

Anole, 1984
45 x 36 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Utica, Print

Victor Vasarely

Utica, 1958
67 x 50 x 1 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1961
37 x 25 x 1 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Kaglo, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kaglo, 1986
80 x 70 cm
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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Edetta, Print

Victor Vasarely

Edetta, 1984
78 x 76 x 1 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Vega-Wa, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vega-Wa, 1970
50 x 56 x 1 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Dia-or, Print

Victor Vasarely

Dia-or, 1970
56 x 50 x 1 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Opale III, Print

Victor Vasarely

Opale III, 1970
56 x 50 x 1 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Oerveng, Print

Victor Vasarely

Oerveng, 1970
56 x 50 x 1 cm
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Victor Vasarely, Laîka, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laîka, 1970
56 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

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