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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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Print, Hommage à l'Hexagone, Victor Vasarely

Hommage à l'Hexagone

Victor Vasarely

Print - 68 x 68 cm Print - 26.8 x 26.8 inch

€1,850

Painting, Operenccia, Victor Vasarely

Operenccia

Victor Vasarely

Painting - 101.6 x 167.6 x 2.5 cm Painting - 40 x 66 x 1 inch

€436,566

Print, Gordium (Méandre), Victor Vasarely

Gordium (Méandre)

Victor Vasarely

Print - 83 x 83 x 0.1 cm Print - 32.7 x 32.7 x 0 inch

€1,800

Print, Fixaro, Victor Vasarely

Fixaro

Victor Vasarely

Print - 75 x 75 x 1 cm Print - 29.5 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch

€2,500

Print, Zaphir, Victor Vasarely

Zaphir

Victor Vasarely

Print - 83 x 75 x 0.1 cm Print - 32.7 x 29.5 x 0 inch

€1,500

Print, Tokyo, Victor Vasarely

Tokyo

Victor Vasarely

Print - 79.5 x 75.8 x 0.1 cm Print - 31.3 x 29.8 x 0 inch

€2,380

Print, Folkokta, Victor Vasarely

Folkokta

Victor Vasarely

Print - 49 x 48 cm Print - 19.3 x 18.9 inch

€1,300

Print, Denfert 2, Victor Vasarely

Denfert 2

Victor Vasarely

Print - 49.5 x 43.5 x 0.1 cm Print - 19.5 x 17.1 x 0 inch

€220 €198

Print, Two Tigers on Green, Victor Vasarely

Two Tigers on Green

Victor Vasarely

Print - 54.6 x 76.2 cm Print - 21.5 x 30 inch

€1,455

Print, Oslop 3, Victor Vasarely

Oslop 3

Victor Vasarely

Print - 61 x 53.8 cm Print - 24 x 21.2 inch

€980

Print, Abstract Composition, Victor Vasarely

Abstract Composition

Victor Vasarely

Print - 48 x 45 x 0.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 17.7 x 0.1 inch

€1,100

Print, Harlequin Sportif, Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif

Victor Vasarely

Print - 97.8 x 72.4 cm Print - 38.5 x 28.5 inch

€1,455

Print, Les années cinquante 2, Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 2

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 57 x 0.2 cm Print - 27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch

€1,900

Print, Deep blue composition, Victor Vasarely

Deep blue composition

Victor Vasarely

Print - 76 x 56 cm Print - 29.9 x 22 inch

€1,746

Print, Naissance 2, Victor Vasarely

Naissance 2

Victor Vasarely

Print - 29 x 20.5 x 0.1 cm Print - 11.4 x 8.1 x 0 inch

€800

Print, Naissance 1, Victor Vasarely

Naissance 1

Victor Vasarely

Print - 29 x 20.5 x 0.1 cm Print - 11.4 x 8.1 x 0 inch

€800

Print, Garam, Victor Vasarely

Garam

Victor Vasarely

Print - 39.5 x 47.8 x 0.1 cm Print - 15.6 x 18.8 x 0 inch

€1,400

Print, DIAM, Victor Vasarely

DIAM

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 62 cm Print - 27.6 x 24.4 inch

€12,000

Print, Parmenide, Victor Vasarely

Parmenide

Victor Vasarely

Print - 75 x 55 x 0.1 cm Print - 29.5 x 21.7 x 0 inch

€1,400

Print, Louisiana, Victor Vasarely

Louisiana

Victor Vasarely

Print - 80 x 76 x 0.1 cm Print - 31.5 x 29.9 x 0 inch

€1,800

Print, Kandahar, Victor Vasarely

Kandahar

Victor Vasarely

Print - 51 x 66 x 0.2 cm Print - 20.1 x 26 x 0.1 inch

€1,800

Painting, Bianco, Victor Vasarely

Bianco

Victor Vasarely

Painting - 132.1 x 132.1 x 2.5 cm Painting - 52 x 52 x 1 inch

€436,566

Print, Pink composition, Victor Vasarely

Pink composition

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 51 cm Print - 27.6 x 20.1 inch

€1,746

Print, Composition Cinétique, Victor Vasarely

Composition Cinétique

Victor Vasarely

Print - 55 x 49 cm Print - 21.7 x 19.3 inch

€700

Print, Ilile D, Victor Vasarely

Ilile D

Victor Vasarely

Print - 76 x 76 x 0.1 cm Print - 29.9 x 29.9 x 0 inch

€1,800

Print, Kass MC, Victor Vasarely

Kass MC

Victor Vasarely

Print - 82 x 76 x 0.1 cm Print - 32.3 x 29.9 x 0 inch

€1,800

Print, Konjunktion, Victor Vasarely

Konjunktion

Victor Vasarely

Print - 57 x 54 cm Print - 22.4 x 21.3 inch

€1,200

Print, Terek II, Victor Vasarely

Terek II

Victor Vasarely

Print - 80 x 60 cm Print - 31.5 x 23.6 inch

€1,000

Print, Utica, Victor Vasarely

Utica

Victor Vasarely

Print - 80 x 60 x 0.5 cm Print - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

€1,400

Print, Tsillag, Victor Vasarely

Tsillag

Victor Vasarely

Print - 50 x 45 cm Print - 19.7 x 17.7 inch

€980

Print, Clown, Victor Vasarely

Clown

Victor Vasarely

Print - 58 x 55 cm Print - 22.8 x 21.7 inch

€1,400

Print, Elbrouz, Victor Vasarely

Elbrouz

Victor Vasarely

Print - 80 x 60 x 0.5 cm Print - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

€1,300

Print, Koeroek, Victor Vasarely

Koeroek

Victor Vasarely

Print - 60 x 60 x 0.5 cm Print - 23.6 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

€1,300

Print, Untitled, Victor Vasarely

Untitled

Victor Vasarely

Print - 78 x 76 cm Print - 30.7 x 29.9 inch

€3,000

Print, Hommage à Jean Sébastien Bach, Victor Vasarely

Hommage à Jean Sébastien Bach

Victor Vasarely

Print - 64 x 62 cm Print - 25.2 x 24.4 inch

€650

Print, YKA, Victor Vasarely

YKA

Victor Vasarely

Print - 62 x 54 cm Print - 24.4 x 21.3 inch

€880

Print, Heisenberg, Victor Vasarely

Heisenberg

Victor Vasarely

Print - 64.5 x 60.5 cm Print - 25.4 x 23.8 inch

€980

Print, G-Linn, Victor Vasarely

G-Linn

Victor Vasarely

Print - 55 x 40 cm Print - 21.7 x 15.7 inch

€1,008

Print, Untitled, Victor Vasarely

Untitled

Victor Vasarely

Print - 78 x 75 cm Print - 30.7 x 29.5 inch

€3,000

Print, Abad, Victor Vasarely

Abad

Victor Vasarely

Print - 75 x 74 cm Print - 29.5 x 29.1 inch

€1,500

Print, Me-Ta, Victor Vasarely

Me-Ta

Victor Vasarely

Print - 76 x 62 cm Print - 29.9 x 24.4 inch

€1,200

Print, Composition, Victor Vasarely

Composition

Victor Vasarely

Print - 60 x 60 cm Print - 23.6 x 23.6 inch

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Print, Anole, Victor Vasarely

Anole

Victor Vasarely

Print - 45 x 36 cm Print - 17.7 x 14.2 inch

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Print, Zebra No. 3, Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 3

Victor Vasarely

Print - 62 x 78 cm Print - 24.4 x 30.7 inch

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Print, Zebra No. 2, Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 2

Victor Vasarely

Print - 61 x 47 cm Print - 24 x 18.5 inch

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Print, Mixed Red Composition, Victor Vasarely

Mixed Red Composition

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 57 x 0.2 cm Print - 27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Red And Green Composition, Victor Vasarely

Red And Green Composition

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 57 x 0.3 cm Print - 27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Red And Blue Composition, Victor Vasarely

Red And Blue Composition

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 57 x 0.3 cm Print - 27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Striped Composition, Victor Vasarely

Striped Composition

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 56.6 x 0.3 cm Print - 27.6 x 22.3 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Mixed Pink Composition, Victor Vasarely

Mixed Pink Composition

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 57 x 0.1 cm Print - 27.6 x 22.4 x 0 inch

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Print, Les années cinquante 8, Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 8

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 57 x 0.2 cm Print - 27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Les années cinquante 7, Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 7

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 57 x 0.2 cm Print - 27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Les années cinquante 8, Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 8

Victor Vasarely

Print - 70 x 57 x 0.2 cm Print - 27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Terz Liten, Victor Vasarely

Terz Liten

Victor Vasarely

Print - 30 x 24 x 0.1 cm Print - 11.8 x 9.4 x 0 inch

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Print, Sonora, Victor Vasarely

Sonora

Victor Vasarely

Print - 56 x 75 x 1 cm Print - 22 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch

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Print, Balaton, Victor Vasarely

Balaton

Victor Vasarely

Print - 33.5 x 28 x 0.2 cm Print - 13.2 x 11 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Geometrical structure 4, Victor Vasarely

Geometrical structure 4

Victor Vasarely

Print - 64 x 62 x 1 cm Print - 25.2 x 24.4 x 0.4 inch

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Print, Composition géométrique, Victor Vasarely

Composition géométrique

Victor Vasarely

Print - 101 x 89 x 6 cm Print - 39.8 x 35 x 2.4 inch

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Print, Olla II, Victor Vasarely

Olla II

Victor Vasarely

Print - 33.5 x 28 x 0.2 cm Print - 13.2 x 11 x 0.1 inch

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Print, Herim, Victor Vasarely

Herim

Victor Vasarely

Print - 33.5 x 28 x 0.2 cm Print - 13.2 x 11 x 0.1 inch

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The artistic movements of the artists are: Op' Art, Colorful Geometric Painters, Geometric Sculptors, Art deco-style artists, Deconstructivism
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The year of birth of the artist is: 1906