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Victor Vasarely

Hungary Born in: 1906 Bestsellers Masterpieces
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, Mixed Blue Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Blue Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0 inch
Print

$1,575

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zint, Sculpture

Victor Vasarely

Zint, 1975
23.6 x 19.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,937

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Operenccia, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Operenccia, 1986
40 x 66 x 1 inch
Painting

$350,000

Victor Vasarely, Garam, Print

Victor Vasarely

Garam, 1972
15.6 x 18.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,696

Victor Vasarely, Pink composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Pink composition, 1980
27.6 x 20.1 inch
Print

$1,800

Victor Vasarely, Deep blue composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Deep blue composition, 1980
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$1,800

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
30.7 x 29.9 inch
Print

$3,635

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
30.7 x 29.5 inch
Print

$3,635

Victor Vasarely, Fille Fleur, Print

Victor Vasarely

Fille Fleur, 1970
26 x 16 inch
Print

$1,200

Victor Vasarely, Oslop 3, Print

Victor Vasarely

Oslop 3, 1989
24 x 21.2 inch
Print

$1,187

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zebra No. 2, Print

Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 2, 1984
24 x 18.5 inch
Print

$1,127

Victor Vasarely, Tsillag, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tsillag, 1986
19.7 x 17.7 inch
Print

$1,187

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Kabba II, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kabba II, 1989
40.4 x 25.2 x 0 inch
Print

$2,181

Victor Vasarely, Fille Fleur, Print

Victor Vasarely

Fille Fleur, 1980
26 x 16 inch
Print

$1,200

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, The Juggler, Print

Victor Vasarely

The Juggler, 1977
25.5 x 16 inch
Print

$1,500

Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988
38.5 x 28.5 inch
Print

$1,500

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1961
14.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$606

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zebra No. 3, Print

Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 3, 1984
24.4 x 30.7 inch
Print

$1,221

Victor Vasarely, YKA, Print

Victor Vasarely

YKA, 1989
24.4 x 21.3 inch
Print

$1,066

Victor Vasarely, Heisenberg, Print

Victor Vasarely

Heisenberg, 1979
25.4 x 23.8 inch
Print

$1,187

Victor Vasarely, G-Linn, Print

Victor Vasarely

G-Linn, 1951
21.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$1,221

Victor Vasarely, Tennis Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tennis Player, 1978
18 x 14.5 inch
Print

$1,500

Victor Vasarely, Koeroek, Print

Victor Vasarely

Koeroek, 1983
26 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,212

Victor Vasarely, SETTE, Print

Victor Vasarely

SETTE, 1988
31.5 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,454

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Tennis Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tennis Player, 1980
18 x 14.5 inch
Print

$2,000

Victor Vasarely, Golfer, Print

Victor Vasarely

Golfer, 1980
18 x 14.5 inch
Print

$2,000

Victor Vasarely, Golf Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Golf Player, 1987
13.4 x 9.8 x 0 inch
Print

$788

Victor Vasarely, Composition cubique, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition cubique, 1906
27.2 x 15.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,817

Victor Vasarely, Les années cinquante 2, Print

Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 2, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,302

Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1961
14.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$606

Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1961
14.6 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$606

Victor Vasarely, Ferde, Print

Victor Vasarely

Ferde, 1980
32 x 30.5 inch
Print

$2,500

Victor Vasarely, Kezdi Ga, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kezdi Ga, 1970
29.75 x 27 inch
Print

$2,500

Victor Vasarely, Jindey, Print

Victor Vasarely

Jindey, 1975
26.75 x 26.75 inch
Print

$2,400

Victor Vasarely, Locmarina, Print

Victor Vasarely

Locmarina, 1972
18.9 x 15.7 inch
Print

$545

Victor Vasarely, Clown, Print

Victor Vasarely

Clown, 1987
22.8 x 21.7 inch
Print

$1,694

Victor Vasarely, lllile, Print

Victor Vasarely

lllile, 1973
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,212

Victor Vasarely, ATTA, Print

Victor Vasarely

ATTA, 1988
21.3 x 23.4 inch
Print

$909

Victor Vasarely, TR-UR, Print

Victor Vasarely

TR-UR, 1980
39.25 x 30.75 inch
Print

$4,000

Victor Vasarely, Thez, Print

Victor Vasarely

Thez, 1982
36.5 x 30 inch
Print

$4,000

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Vertigo, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vertigo, 1982
26.75 x 22.75 inch
Print

$3,000

Victor Vasarely, Chess Blue, Print

Victor Vasarely

Chess Blue, 1982
17.75 x 15.75 inch
Print

$3,000

Victor Vasarely, Bianco, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Bianco, 1987
52 x 52 x 1 inch
Painting

$350,000

Victor Vasarely, Composition Cinétique, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition Cinétique, 1964
21.7 x 19.3 inch
Print

$848

Victor Vasarely, Cinétique 7, Print

Victor Vasarely

Cinétique 7, 1965
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,212

Victor Vasarely, Laika, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laika, 1970
21.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$1,939

Victor Vasarely, Les années cinquante 7, Print

Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 7, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,302

Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1961
14.6 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$606

Victor Vasarely, Figure géométrique, Print

Victor Vasarely

Figure géométrique, 1988
30.3 x 21.7 inch
Print

$1,199 $1,333

Victor Vasarely, Our MC, Print

Victor Vasarely

Our MC, 1965
26 x 25.5 inch
Print

$2,500

Victor Vasarely, Bi-Hexa, Print

Victor Vasarely

Bi-Hexa, 1975
21.3 x 17.5 inch
Print

$1,454

Victor Vasarely, Optical Cube, Print

Victor Vasarely

Optical Cube, 1975
18.1 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Print

$5,000

Victor Vasarely, Pink Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Pink Composition, 1982
27.5 x 20.25 inch
Print

$3,000

Victor Vasarely, DOR-OR, Print

Victor Vasarely

DOR-OR, 1982
42.75 x 23.5 inch
Print

$3,500

Victor Vasarely, Vega III, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vega III, 1980
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$4,604

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, DIAM, Print

Victor Vasarely

DIAM, 1988
27.6 x 24.4 inch
Print

$14,539

Victor Vasarely, Laika, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laika, 1970
22 x 19.7 inch
Print

$3,877

Victor Vasarely, Red And Blue Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Red And Blue Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

Sold

Victor Vasarely, Mixed Pink Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Pink Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0 inch
Print

Sold

Victor Vasarely, Red And Green Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Red And Green Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

Sold

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